§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners are held in prison establishments(a) over 25 miles, (b) over 50 miles and (c) over 100 miles from their committal Crown court. 
§ Mr. Boateng
The following information is based on the distance that female prisoners are held from their committal court town. The Prison Service does not distinguish between prisoners who have been committed from Crown court or magistrates' court. The data were collected on 15 June 2000 and are set out in the table in the nearest format to that requested. There are in the region of 1,000 female prisoners held under 25 miles from their committal court town.
Distance from home area Number of female prisoners1 Between 25 and 50 miles 800 Between 50 and 100 miles 900 Over 100 miles 600 Total over 25 miles 2,300 1Rounded to nearest hundred