HC Deb 20 May 1976 vol 911 c631W
24. Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total prison population at the latest available date compared with the CNA; and what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

At the end of April the certified normal accommodation was 36,689 and the population was 41,451. The current prison building programme is expected to provide some 5,000 extra places by 1980–81, and 1,600 of these should be completed within the next 12 months. We are doing all we can to make resources available for non-custodial treatment in the present difficult situation.