§ 41. Mr. Gunnell
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will ensure that, in murder cases where hon. Members have raised the conviction with members of the Government, transcripts or notes of the trial are retained longer than the five-year norm.
Mr. John M. Taylor
Five years is the rule but if there is an appeal then the transcripts and statements made available for the appeal are retained indefinitely by arrangement with the Public Record Office.