HL Deb 16 November 1982 vol 436 cc518-9WA
Lord Harris of Greenwich

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What has been the maximum number of remand prisoners held overnight in custody in police stations and at magistrates' courts on any one day since 1st July 1981; and on what date this took place.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Elton)

The maximum number of prisoners held overnight in police custody since July 1981 was 293, on the night of 8th September 1982. Remand prisoners have normally constituted the majority of those held in police and court cells, but the information held centrally does not identify remand prisoners separately.