§ Mr. Beith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average prison population per 1,000 population in England and Wales(a) in each of the last five years and (b) on the last date for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Quin
The information requested is given in the table. The rate quoted for 1998 is based on the prison population at 30 June—the most recent date for which information is available.
Average prison population per 1,000 population in England and Wales, 1993 to 1998 Year Prisoners per 1,000 population1 1993 0.87 1994 0.95 1995 0.99 1996 1.06 1997 1.17 19982 1.25 1Includes prisoners held in police cells 2Based on the prison population at 30 June 1998