§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the Scottish prison population by type of offence numerically and in percentage terms. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The subject of this question relates to matters undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. I have asked its chief executive, Mr. E. W. Frizzell, to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from E. W. Frizzell to Mrs. Ray Michie, dated 5 March 1997:649WLord James Douglas-Hamilton has asked me to reply to your Question about providing information on the Scottish prison population by type of offence.Information by offence type is not currently available in relation to the average daily prison population. However, the table attached provides reception information by main offence for the year 1995.
Receptions to penal establishments by main crime/offence, 1995 Scotland Number and percentage Crime/offence Direct receptions Fine default receptions Number Percentage Number Percentage Speeding 5 1— 24 1— Unlawful use of vehicle 725 6 1,167 16 Vehicle defect offences 2 1— 15 1— Other 10 1— 68 1 1 Denotes less than 0.5 per cent.