§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many male and female prisoners were held by the Prison Service on(a) 27 May 1993 and on (b) 27 November 1995. 
§ 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. Paddy Tipping, dated 27 November 1995:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking how many male and female prisoners were held by the Prison Service on (a) 27 May 1993 and (b) 27 November 1995.Figures for 27 May 1993 are not available. However, on 31 May 1993 there were 42,091 male and 1,494 female prisoners held by the Prison Service. Figures are not yet available for 27 November 1995. I will write to you again with these details as soon as they become available.