HL Deb 20 June 1988 vol 498 cc592-3WA
Baroness David

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the number and proportion of (a) adult male prisoners, (b) adult female prisoners and (c) young offenders in each security category.

Earl Ferrers

The readily availabe information for sentenced adult males is given in the following table. Women, young offenders and unsentenced prisoners are not categorised in this way but on 31st March 1988 there were three women and 10 young offenders serving sentences in the highest security category.

Adult males serving sentences in prison department establishments in England and Wales on 31st March 1988 by security category:

Security category Number*
A (confirmed) 390
B 4,800
C 12,600
D 4,800
Not recorded 6,300
Total 28,940
*The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate. Detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost. Rounded estimates: the components do not add to the total because they have been rounded independently.