§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of inmates at Leeds gaol were(a) unemployed and (b) homeless before entering prison for each year since 1990. 
§ 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 Mr. John Battle, dated 28 November 1995:The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the percentage of inmates at Leeds jail who were (a) unemployed and (b) homeless before entering prison for each year since 1990.This information is not available as Leeds prison does not keep records of its previous prisoners. However, research findings from the National Prison Survey 1991 (from a random sample of the prison population) indicated that approximately 13% of the prison population had no permanent home just before imprisonment and 33% were unemployed.