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Prisons and Courts Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:51 pm on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 5:51 pm, 20th March 2017

My hon. Friend is being typically gracious and kind in giving way. Notwithstanding the point that he made, the fact of the matter is that for every 1,000 crimes committed in this country, only about 19 people are sent to prison. That is one of the lowest ratios of any country. Perhaps he can tell us in which countries the ratio of people who are sent to prison per 1,000 crimes committed is lower? That is the best measure of how many criminals we send to prison—not proportion of the population. We send very few criminals to prison per 1,000 crimes committed.