§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 12 July 1993]: I have asked Mr. E. W. Frizzell, the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to arrange for a reply to be given to the hon. Member.
Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Mr. Donald Dewar, dated 16 July 1993:As Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, it is my responsibility to answer questions about relevant operational matters. I am therefore replying to your recent Question asking what was the average daily prison population at the latest date for which figures are available and in the previous 5 years.On 25 June 1993 the actual population was 5772. The average population for the current financial year so far, ie 1 April 1993 to 25 June 1993 is 5827. The average population for the five previous financial years is as follows:
Number 1991–92 4,897 1990–91 4,738 1989–90 4,886
Number 1988–89 5,168 1987–88 5,421I hope you find this reply helpful. A copy of this letter will appear in the Official Report and a copy will also be placed in the Library.