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Prisoners: Elderly

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners in England and Wales are over (i) 70 and (ii) 75 years old.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The number of male and female prisoners aged 70 and up to 74, and over 75 years old at the end of April 2009 is as follows:

Male Female
70 and up to 74 331 (1)
75 and over 188 (1)
Total 519 6
(1) Fewer than 5

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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