§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales were serving sentences for homicide at the latest available date, given(a) as an absolute number and (b) as a percentage of the prison population, and broken down by gender.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
[holding answer 26 May 1994]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from A. J. Butler to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 14 June 1994:The Home Secretary has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking how many prisoners in England and Wales were serving sentences for homicide at the latest available date, given (a) as an absolute and (b) as a percentage of the prison population, and broken down by gender.The latest available provisional information is for 31 March 1994. On that date sone 3,600 persons in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for whom an offence was recorded were serving sentences for murder, attempted murder, making threats to kill, conspire/aid/incite murder, manslaughter, 503W infanticide, death by reckless driving and "other" homicides. They accounted for 11 per cent. of the sentenced prison population for whom an offence was recorded. The correspond- ing proportion for males was 11 per cent. and for females 12 per cent.