HC Deb 18 January 1993 vol 217 c11W
Mr. George

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average sentence for someone convicted of murder.

Mr. Jack

The mandatory sentence for murder in England and Wales is life.

The average time served under sentence in prison service establishments by those first released on licence is published annually in "Prison Statistics, England and Wales" (table 8.5 of the volume for 1990, Cm. 1800), a copy of which is in the Library.

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