§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are at present imprisoned for life; and what were the comparable totals 10 and 20 years ago. 
§ Mr. Howard
On 30 April, there were 3,436 life sentence prisoners in prison in England and Wales. The corresponding figures for mid-1976 and 1986 were 1,181 and 2,194 respectively.