HC Deb 23 July 1931 vol 255 c1705W

asked the Home Secretary how many persons, having been proceeded against for murder in England and Wales from 1920 to 1929, were acquitted of the charge of murder but were found guilty of some lesser charge, such as manslaughter?


I regret that I cannot supply these figures. The Criminal Statistics are prepared so as to show the character of the offence as judicially determined; and in order to ascertain the number of persons charged with murder who were eventually convicted of a lesser offence it would be necessary to re-examine the material from which the statistics were prepared.