§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of when the prison population will return to the level at May 1997. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
No such estimates have been made. The latest projections of the future prison population were produced in May 1999 and a summary is included in the April "Prison Population Brief' which has been placed on the internet at http"//www/homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.htm.