HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 c263W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates at present in prisons in England and Wales and serving a life sentence have been in prison for more than(a) 15 years, (b) 20 years, (c) 25 years and (d) 30 years.

Mr. Mellor

The information is published annually in "Prison Statistics England and Wales" (table 8.3 of the latest issue, for 1988, Cm 825). The latest available information is given in the table.

Life sentence prisoners held under their original sentence1 in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales on 30 September 1989: by time spent under sentence in such establishments
Years spent under sentence2 Number of prisoners3
Up to 15 years 2,463
Over 15 up to 20 years 154
Over 20 up to 25 years 45
Over 25 up to 30 years 7
Over 30 years 4
Total 2,673
1 Excluding 104 prisoners recalled following an earlier release on licence.
2 Excluding any time spent on remand in custody or in Non-Prison Service establishments.
3 The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.

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