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Life Imprisonment

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners are on whole life tariffs; (160135)

(2) how many prisoners have been sentenced to life imprisonment on a whole life tariff in each year since 1997.

As at 30 September 2007, the number of prisoners with a whole life tariff was 35. There have been 19 prisoners given a whole life tariff since 1997. Details are set out in the table as follows.

Prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole-life tariff

1997

0

1998

0

1999

1

2000

1

2001

0

2002

0

2003

0

2004

3

2005

6

2006

5

2007

3