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Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people serving life sentences, discretionary or mandatory, have tariffs of more than 20 years.

There are some 150 life sentence prisoners whose cases will be, or have been, reviewed by the Parole Board for the first time after 17 years in custody, because the period considered necessary to mark the seriousness of their offences is more than 20 years.