Written Answers. - Prison Committals.

Seán Haughey

Question:

21 Mr. Haughey asked the Minister for Justice the number of people committed to prison in each of the years from 1990 to date in 1997; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9155/97]

The information requested by the Deputy is as set out below. Definitive statistics have not yet been compiled for 1994 to 1997 and therefore only estimated figures are currently available.

Year

Number of committals

1990

6,406

1991

6,759

1992

9,699

1993

10,457

1994*

10,252

1995*

9,844

1996*

10,598

1997*

3,126

(to 4 April, 1997)*

* Provisional figures.