§ Mr. Grocott
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the latest figure on the proportion of prisoners held in custody who are unconvicted awaiting trial; and what was the corresponding figure for the nearest available comparable date in 1979.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Untried prisoners in prison service establishments and police cells in England and Wales formed about 19 per cent. of the prison population on 31 December 1988 compared with about 9 per cent. on 31 December 1979.