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Murder (Life Sentences)

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison inmates in England and Wales were serving a life sentence for murder as of 16 July.

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Tom Cox, dated July 1993:

The Home Secretary has asked me to write to you directly in reply to your Parliamentary Question about the population of prisoners serving a life sentence for murder.

The latest available information is for 31 May 1993 when there were 2,520 prisoners in Prison Service establishments serving mandatory life sentences for murder.