§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current prison population; and what were the figures for each of the previous four years. 
§ Sir John Wheeler
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Northern Ireland Prison Service under its chief executive, Mr. Alan Shannon. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from A. D. Shannon to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 27 April 1995:53WThe Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the current prison population in Northern Ireland and the figures for each of the previous four years.
Current PopulationThere are currently 1761 people in prison in Northern Ireland.
Population over previous four years.
- 1991: 1788
- 1992: 1810
- 1993: 1934
- 1994: 1921 [subject to validation]The figures for previous years are the Average Daily Population as published in the Northern Ireland Prison Service Annual Report.I hope this information is helpful.