HC Deb 04 November 1993 vol 231 c363W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 October,Official Report, column 640, if he will break down into categories the 51 per cent. of all prisoners in Britain not convicted of violence against the person, robbery or for a sexual offence.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. David Alton, dated November 1993: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question pursuant to my Answer of 27 October, asking for a breakdown into categories of the 51 per cent. of all prisoners convicted of non-violent offences i.e. offences other than violence against the person, robbery or sexual offences. The information you have requested is given in the attached table.

Population1 held in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales under sentence on 30 June 1993
Offence Group Percentage of the sentenced prison population
Burglary 16
Theft and handling 10
Fraud and forgery 3
Drugs 11
Other offences 11
All non-violent offences 51
1 Provisional figures. Excludes those committed in default of payment of a fine and those for whom no offence is recorded.

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