§ 62. Sir John Farr
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the prison population at the latest date for which figures are available; and how this compares with 1979.
§ Mr. Mellor
On 23 January 1987 the total prison population in England and Wales was 46,827 plus 58 Immigration Act detainees held on a temporary basis in Erlestoke.
On 31 January 1979, the nearest equivalent date for which figures are available, the total was 41,405.