HC Deb 20 November 1985 vol 87 c169W
Mr. Tom Cox

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of prisoners being kept in police cells on 1 November attributable to the shortage of space in Her Majesty's prisons.

Mr. Mellor

On the night of 30 October-1 November there were 25 prisoners held in police cells. It is not possible to say from information held centrally precisely how many were held there because vacancies were not available in the right place at the right time and how many for logistical or other reasons.