HC Deb 29 November 1982 vol 33 cc37-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on 1 November what was the total number of people held in closed and open prisons who had not been found guilty of the crime with which they were charged; and of this total number, how many had been in prison awaiting trial for periods of (a) up to three months, (b) three months to six months, (c) six months to one year, (d) one year to 1½ years and (e) above 1½ years.

Mr. Mayhew

The most recent information available is given in the following table. Untried prisoners are not normally held in open prisons.

Estimated population of untried prisoners in prison department establishments in England and Wales on 30 September 1982: by length of time since initial remand in custody
Length of time since initial remand in custody* Estimated number
Up to three months 4,000
Over three months up to six months 1,000
Over six months up to 12 months 500
Over 12 months up to 18 months 60
Over 18 months 50
Total 5,600

* Including any time which may have been spent on bail after the initial remand in custody.

Rounded estimates: the components do not add to the total because they have been rounded independently.