HC Deb 06 June 1996 vol 278 c554W
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. [30268]

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.