HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 cc769-70W
Mr. Maude

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the nature of those crimes to which the increase in the prison population may be attributed; whether such increase bears any relation to any age group; and whether any particular forms of crime appear to be decreasing in so far as may be deduced from the statistics of the prison population.

Mr. Ede

There has been an increase in the years 1943 and 1944, as compared with 1938, in the number of persons committed to prison on conviction of burglary, house-breaking, larceny and receiving, but this is balanced by a decrease in the numbers committed on conviction of other offences. The available statistics do not enable the increase in the above-mentioned offences to be related to age groups. I regret that it is not yet possible to say definitely to what causes the present increase in prison population should be attributed.