HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c326W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the prison population for 1978 to 1980.

Mr. John

As indicated in the White Paper on Public Expenditure to 1979–80 (Cmnd. 6393, page 83, Table B), it is currently assumed that the total number of persons held in prisons in England, Wales and Scotland will rise to 47,400 in 1978–79 and to 47,900 in 1979–80. Of these, 41,820 and 42,190, respectively, are expected to be in prisons in England and Wales.