§ Mr. Bermingham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is(a) the total number of females who served all or part of a prison sentence during 1987 accompanied by a dependent child or baby in England and Wales, and (b) the proportion and number of such females who had committed an offence involving robbery or violence; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
[holding answer 24 January 1989]During 1987, 129 females served all or part of a prison sentence accompanied by their babies. Of these, 20–16 per cent.—had committed an offence involving robbery or violence.