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Prison Sentences

Volume 22: debated on Tuesday 20 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the length of the average sentence served in prison by those convicted of crimes of (a) robbery and (b) murder in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 April 1982, c. 200]: Information in the form requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The average time served under sentence in prison department establishments in England and Wales by persons

  • (a) convicted of robbery who were released on licence or discharged on completion of sentence in 1980 was about two years;
  • (b) convicted of murder who were released on licence in 1980 was about 10½ years.
  • Any time spent in custody on remand is not included.