HC Deb 16 January 1995 vol 252 c333W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisoners serving mandatory and discretionary life sentences respectively, who have been informed that their tariff is their natural life, and the date on which he made that decision in each case.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

To date, 15 mandatory life sentence prisoners have been informed, in accordance with the judgement in the case of Doody et al, that previous Ministers set a whole life tariff in their case. These prisoners now have the right to make representations in the light of the disclosure given them. If they do so, their case will be considered afresh. No decision has been made in any of these cases, nor has a whole life tariff been set in any other case.

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