§ 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.