§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales had, at the latest available date, been held on remand for(a) up to three months (b) from three to six months (c) from six to 12 months and (d) for more than 12 months. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from A. J. Pearson to Mr. Tim Smith, dated 4 December 1995:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asked how many prisoners in England and Wales had, at the latest available date, been held on remand for (a) up to three months, (b) from three to six months, (c) from six to twelve months, (d) for more than 12 months.The latest available provisional information for England and Wales is for 30 June 1995 and is given in the attached table.
Remand prisoners in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales by length of time since first reception1 on 30 June 1995 Time since first remand 30 June 1995 Less than 3 months 6,830 More than 3 months, up to and inc. 6 months. 2,343 More than 6 months, up to and inc. 12 months. 1,542 Over 12 months. 341 Total 11,056 1Awaiting trial or sentence. Time since first reception on remand into a Prison Service establishment. This includes any intervening time spent on bail, but excludes time spent in police cells beforehand.