§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the ages and length of time spent in prison of the six women sentenced to immediate imprisonment in 1981 for vagrancy and the four imprisoned for fine defaults.
§ Mr. Mayhew
[pursuant to his reply, 2 December, c. 289]: The information requested is given in the following table: 284W
Receptions* into prison department establishments in England and Wales in 1981 of females aged 21 and over for vagrancy: by age on reception and days served under sentence Age on reception Days served under sentence Immediate imprisonment 22† 54 23† 41 24 81 35 5 35 20 44 18 In default of payment of a fine 21† 12 24 1 30 28 34 4 * The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost. † On closer examination the offence in these three cases was found to have been misclassified; the offence was loitering for the purposes of prostitution and should have been classified under "offences relating to prostitution".