HC Deb 17 July 1975 vol 895 c576W
31. Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the present number of people in prison awaiting trial; and what is the average time which elapses for such people before trial.

Dr. Summerskill

On 30th June there were 3,527 persons in prison awaiting trial. In 1974, the average period which elapsed between date of first reception into prison and conviction or acquittal on the same charges was 28 days. For many people this period included some time on bail as well as time spent in custody.