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Life Prisoners

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average sentence actually served by (a) men and (b) women sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the records held centrally, which are approximate, the average time served under sentence in Prison Service establishments by life sentenced prisoners first released on licence in 1992 was 13·2 years for males and 12·6 years for females. These figures are provisional and may be subject to revision at a later date.Figures are published annually, but not split by sex, in "Prison Statistics England and Wales", table 8.5 of the volume for 1991, Cm 2157.