HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 cc648-9W
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. [17696]

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: Lord 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.