HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 cc242-3W
39. Mr. E. P. Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of the crime of murder have taken place in the United Kingdom since 31st December, 1943; in how many instances the accused were found guilty and in how many acquitted; how many accused, found guilty, were subsequently reprieved; and what is the number of cases where no individual has, as yet, been accused.

Mr. Ede

The analysis of the figures for 1945 has not yet been completed, and I will send them to the hon. Member as soon as possible. The figures for 1944 are as follow:

Year Number of Murders. Number of Trial. Sentenced to death. Executed.
Murders known to police Murders of infants under one year (included in Col.2) Cleared up during year* Total. Not tried Acquitted. Guilty but Insane. Convicted.
Murders shown in Col.2. Murders shown in Col.2 of previous year. No prosecution Insane on arraignment
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)
1944 166 35 147 7 48 10 7 12 20 20 10
*For the purpose of this column murders "cleared up" refers to cases where a person has been charged with the offence or when the suspect has died, or where more than one murder has been committed by the same person.