§ Ms Janet Anderson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of prisoners currently being held in(a) Prison Service prisons and (b) privately run prisons. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Tilt to Ms Janet Anderson, dated 28 November 1995:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the number of prisoners currently being held in Prison Service prisons and privately run prisons.On 23 November 1995, 52,411 prisoners were being held in Prison Service prisons. Of these, 2,103 prisoners were being held in contractually managed establishments.