HC Deb 29 March 1999 vol 328 c476W
Ms Roseanna Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the sentence range of the prison population for each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the current number of inmates with(a) drug and (b) alcohol problems. [78800]

Mr. McLeish

The available information on the average daily sentenced prison population by length of sentence for each of the last five years is provided in the following tables.

prison 29 per cent. of prisoners reported that they were drinking over the weekly safe limit for men as set by the Inter-Departmental Working Group. And, in a recent study in Cornton Vale (Loucks, 1997), an estimated 10–15 per cent. of women were found to be addicted to alcohol.

From 1 July 1999, these will be matters for the Scottish Parliament.