§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted murderers are currently in prison.
§ Mr. Mayhew
[pursuant to his reply, 30 June 1981]: On 31 December 1980 there were in prison department establishments in England and Wales 1,255 persons serving sentences for murder. Of this total, 36 had been previously released on licence and subsequently recalled to prison.