§ [The question was as follows:
§ To ask His Majesty's Government how many persons have been convicted 150 of murder in England and Wales since April 14, 1948; and of these how many were found guilty but insane at their trials; how many have since conviction been declared insane; and how many have been executed; and what were the sexes of those convicted and of those murdered.]
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (VISCOUNT JOWITT)
My Lords, between April 14, 1948, and September 30, 1948 (I take September 30 because that is the most convenient date, making allowance for appeals and so on), 33 persons were tried on charges of murder. Seventeen were convicted and sentenced to death, and one was convicted and ordered to be detained during pleasure under the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933. In addition to these, 5 of the 33 tried, were found guilty but insane, and 8 were found insane on arraignment. Of the 17 persons sentenced to death, 3 have since been certified insane and removed to Broadmoor. None has been executed. Of the 17 persons convicted and sentenced to death, 16 were male and one was female; and of the 15 victims in these cases, 8 were mile and 7 female. Of the 14 persons found insane on arraignment, or guilty but insane, or convicted and ordered to be detained under the Children and Young Persons Act, 9 were male and 5 female; and of the 15 victims in these cases, 8 were male and 7 female.