Prison Population

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Brynmor John Mr Brynmor John , Pontypridd 12:00 am, 31st March 1977

Of course, we are always willing to consider non-custodial sentences. What I have said shows that. But I ask my hon. Friend not to fall into the trap of believing that non-custodial methods of treatment are available free. They themselves cost money and the prisons will still demand a substantial amount of expenditure, unless we get the prison population down so low that we can actually close a prison or two.