HC Deb 22 July 1986 vol 102 cc150-1W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average number of years served in the case of life prison sentences.

Mr. Mellor

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox) on 3 December, at column 163. More detailed information on the time served under sentence by those received under sentence for life in the years 1965 to 1985 will be included in chapter 4 of "Prison Statistics, England and Wales 1985", which will be published later in the year.