§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each of Her Majesty's prisons in Northern Ireland the number of persons remanded in custody and currently awaiting sentence, and the average waiting time.
§ Mr. Scott
Remand prisoners in Northern Ireland are housed in either Her Majesty's prison, Belfast or Her Majesty's prison, Armagh. The number of persons remanded in custody and the average waiting time as at 30 October are as follows:
Establishment Number Average Waiting Time (Weeks) HMP Belfast 408 25.3 HMP Armagh 11 34.9
The number of those currently awaiting sentence is not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.