§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average length of time that a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment spends in prison.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The available information is published annually in "Prison Statistics England and Wales" (table 8.5 of the latest volume, for 1991, Cm 2157), copies of which are in the Library. There are wide variations in time served, as shown by table 8.3 of the same publication.