§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 4,800 untried and unconvicted prisoners incarcerated in British prisons on 31 January had been in prison for periods between one to three months, three to six months, six months to one year and more than one year; and whether, in pursuance of his policy of reducing pressure within prisons, he will release these people rather than release or shorten sentences of convicted criminals.155W
§ Mr. Mayhew
[pursuant to his reply, 18 March 1982, c. 173–74]: The information available is given in the following table:
Estimated population of untried and unconvicted prisoners in prison department establishment in England and Wales on 31 January 1982: by length of time since initial remand in custody Length of time since initial remand in custody* Estimated number Up to 1 month 2,200 Over 1 month up to 3 months 1,500 Over 3 months up to 6 months 800 Over 6 months up to 12 months 400 Over 12 months 100 Total †5,000 * Including any time which may have been spent on bail after the initial remand in custody. † Figure revised from "about 4,800" given in a previous reply, 11 March 1982, c. 466.
Offences currently recorded as homicide where the victim was a police officer on duty by apparent method of killing and outcome of court proceedings. England and Wales Year of offence Method of killing Court disposal of principal suspect 1965 Shooting Unfit to plead Sharp instrument Death commuted to life imprisonment 1966 Shooting Life imprisonment Shooting Life imprisonment Shooting Life imprisonment Sharp instrument Detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure 1967 Car 8 years imprisonment 1968 — — 1969 Sharp instrument Hospital order (s. 60/65 Mental Health Act 1959) 1970 Shooting Life imprisonment 1971 Shooting Life imprisonment Shooting Life imprisonment 1972 Shooting Life imprisonment 1973 Car 7 years imprisonment Shooting Life imprisonment 1974 Shooting Life imprisonment 1975 Shooting No suspect(*) Sharp instrument Life imprisonment Shooting Life imprisonment 1976 — — 1977 Sharp instrument Life imprisonment 1978 Blunt instrument Life imprisonment 1979 Sharp instrument 8 years imprisonment 1980 Sharp instrument Life imprisonment 1981† Sharp instrument Detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure Car 9 years imprisonment (*) This offence is currently recorded as attributed to an act of terrorism. The alleged offender is still being sought. (†) Provisional.