§ Mr. John Townend
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners convicted of murder are held in custody at the present time.
§ Mr. John Patten
On 30 September 1987, the latest date for which figures are readily available, it is estimated that 1,850 prisoners were serving life sentences for murder in prison department establishments in England and Wales. Detainees during Her Majesty's pleasure and persons sentenced to custody for life are included.