HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 c47W
62. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders known to the police occurred in England and Wales in each month from the beginning of 1957.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The number of murders recorded as known to the police in England and Wales in each of the first five months of 1957 was: January, 13, February, 13; March, 21; April, 27; and May, 21. These figures may include cases subsequently found not to be murder. In addition, one case of manslaughter was recorded in March which, before the passing of the Homicide Act, would have been recorded as murder.