§ Mr. Reid
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table in the Official Report showing the comparative percentages of prisoners in (a) Scotland, and (b) England and Wales whose length of sentence is less than three months, less than one year, less than three years, and over three years.
§ Mr. Millan
The percentage distribution of sentence lengths of persons received on direct prison sentence in 1974 in (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales is shown in the table below:
(a) Scotland (b) England and Wales Up to 3 months 65 14 Over 3 months and up to 1 year 27 45 Over 1 year and up to 4 years 6 37 Over 4 years 2 4
The figures for the exact sentence bands requested are not available without incurring disproportionate costs.