HC Deb 03 July 1978 vol 953 c33W
Mr. Flannery

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are currently in prison; and how many of these are in for shoplifting offences.

Dr. Summerskill

Information in the form requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. On 30th April 1978 there were 1,057 women serving sentences in Prison Department establishments. Of these, about 180 were serving sentences for shoplifting.