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Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many allegations of rape were reported to the police by women in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 2001 and (d) the last year for which statistics are available; how many of these reports resulted in prosecutions in each year; and how many prosecutions were successful; [160518]

Paul Goggins: Information on crimes reported to the police are not collected centrally. However, available data on the number of offences of rape recorded by the police are given in the table.

Offences of rape recorded by the police in England and Wales

Year(68)Rape of a femaleRape of a male(69)Total rape offences

(68) Numbers of offences were recorded on a calendar year basis until 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter. There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which had the effect of increasing the number of crime counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

(69) The offence of Rape of a male was added to the Recorded crime series from 1995.

(70) The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was introduced across England and Wales in April 2002. Some police forces adopted the Standard prior to this date. Broadly, the NCRS had the effect of increasing the number of crime recorded by the police and had an overall impact of increasing crime in 2002–03 by 10 per cent., although this figure will differ for different crime types. Therefore, following the introduction of the Standard, numbers of recorded crimes are not directly comparable with previous years.

The available prosecution statistics are given in the table. Court proceedings data relates to offenders and it is therefore not directly comparable with the recorded crime statistics.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty all courts for rape offencesEngland and Wales 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2002(71)

Offence typeProceeded againstFound guilty
1981 Rape of a female587320
1991 Rape of a female1711540
2001 Rape of a female2,472522
Rape of a male17950
2002 Rape of a female2,780611
Rape of a male16544

(71) These data are on the principal offence basis

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Sentencing Statistics

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were sentenced for (a) burglary, (b) assault, (c) actual bodily harm, (d) grievous bodily harm and (e) drug related offences in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; what proportion received a custodial sentence; and what the average custodial sentence length was; [163237]

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Paul Goggins: The available information is contained in the table and gives the number of offenders sentenced, sentenced to immediate custody, the custody rate and the average custodial sentence length at all courts for the requested offences, England and Wales 1993 to 2002.

Statistics on court proceedings for 2003 will be published in the Autumn.

Number of offenders sentenced, sentenced to immediate custody, the custody rate and average custodial sentence length for various offences at all courts—England and Wales 1993 to 2002
Total sentenced

Assault (72)19,02421,86029,29829,98331,99235,27837,45737,41537,61240,599
Actual bodily harm26,22125,00217,31316,76217,68718,44917,51416,71015,05414,966
Grievous bodily harm7,1496,8745,8826,0286,1126,4376,0625,8565,8156,158
Drug offences21,91527,77931,58734,04440,43848,78348,94644,95545,68049,015
Theft and handling stolen goods121,48121,42116,07114,37118,21125,24130,64127,58126,41126,71
Fraud and forgery17,49918,39017,23216,31916,93019,64520,20319,15518,20718,126
All notifiable offences366,33375,05369,30370,79391,60422,65427,52412,99407,38423,26
Sentenced to immediate custody(73)
Assault (72)1,1651,6572,5402,8903,3833,8124,3854,2594,2764,532
Actual bodily harm3,2323,6263,4623,6564,0914,2904,3424,4044,1523,850
Grievous bodily harm2,9663,2513,2153,6333,5673,7843,5663,5693,6693,782
Drug offences3,6034,0355,2756,6947,7498,4588,7318,1418,4998,284
Theft and handling stolen goods10,08113,00615,63716,63919,39621,81824,42725,98326,20527,945
Fraud and forgery2,4272,6743,3153,3773,6064,1304,0343,7263,8263,754
All notifiable offences49,58756,64464,95470,36277,31083,88187,17487,49187,05092,189

Custody rate(74)(Percentage)
Assault (72)68910111112111111
Actual bodily harm12152022232325262826
Grievous bodily harm41475560585959616361
Drug offences16151720191718181917
Theft and handling8111315161719202122
stolen goods
Fraud and forgery14151921212120192121
All notifiable offences14151819202020212122
Average custodial sentence length (months) (75)
Assault (72)
Actual bodily harm6.
Grievous bodily harm22.023.324.727.026.325.126.425.827.227.7
Drug offences28.127.728.128.128.927.028.730.132.534.5
Theft and handling6.
stolen goods
Fraud and forgery11.311.19.910.
All notifiable offences14.714.114.014.914.813.

(72) Common assault and assault on a constable combined.

(73) Includes unsuspended imprisonment, secure training orders, s91–92 of the Powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 replaces the Children and Young Persons Act 1933), partly suspended sentences, detention in a young offender iinstitution and detention and training

(74) Proportion of offenders sentenced who were sentenced to immediate custody.

(75) Excludes life sentences.


These data are on the principal offence

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Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many first time offenders were sentenced for (a) burglary, (b) violent offences and (c) drug related offences in each of the last 10 years; what proportion received a custodial sentence; and what the average custodial sentence length was. [163291]

Paul Goggins: Estimates of the number of offenders sentenced for (a) burglary (b) violent offences and (c) drug offences and who had no recorded previous convictions for a standard list offence are summarised in the table. 27 per cent. of first time domestic burglars received a custodial sentence in 1996. By 2000, this had increased to 48 per cent. At the same time, the average sentence length had increased from 16 to 18 months. There is no other information for custodial sentences or sentence lengths for these offenders readily available.

Number in offence category
Violent OffencesBurglaryDrug Offences

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