HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 cc111-2W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the population of English prisons in each of the last five years for(a) men, (b) women and (c) juveniles. [70817]

Hilary Benn

The number of males and females held in prisons in England since 1998 is shown in the table. The number of juveniles in custody is also shown.

The juvenile estate was established in April 2000, which is when the Youth Justice Board began collecting data on juveniles separately from the prison service. The juvenile figures for 2000 onwards therefore include those children held in private sector secure training centres and local authority secure children's homes in addition to the previously supplied prison service establishments. The juvenile figures for 1998 and 1999 are for those in prison service establishments only.

Year1 Males2 Females2 Juveniles3
1998 60,584 3,120 2,446
1999 59,232 3,207 2,359
2000 59,916 3,355 2,665
2001 60,640 3,713 2,777
2002 64,560 4,394 3,014
1 All data represent 30 June.
2 Data for males and females include juveniles in prison service establishments.
3 Under 18 years of age.