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Prisoners (Statistics)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners convicted of murder are held in custody at the present time.

On 30 September 1987, the latest date for which figures are readily available, it is estimated that 1,850 prisoners were serving life sentences for murder in prison department establishments in England and Wales. Detainees during Her Majesty's pleasure and persons sentenced to custody for life are included.