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Burglary (Sentencing)

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of burglars convicted for a third offence received a custodial sentence in the most recent year for which information is available; and what the average length of sentence for those sentenced to custody was. [216331]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 21 February 2005]: The table gives the numbers sentenced for their third burglary offence. The numbers are for a four week period in 2001, derived from the Offenders Index. The figures include attempted burglaries, as it is not possible to distinguish between an actual and attempted burglary on the Offenders Index.
Burglars convicted for their third offence (by type of burglary)

Burglary in a dwelling(13)Burglary not in a dwelling(14)
Number sentenced (for the third offence)9989
Number sentenced to custody7542
Proportion sentenced to custody (percentage)7647
Average sentence length (months)17.710.0

(13) Includes only previous convictions for burglary in a dwelling.
Please note that definition and coverage is different from s111 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000.
(14) Includes only previous convictions for burglary not in a dwelling

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Civil Service

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil service staff have failed security vetting procedures in each year since 1997. [204531]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Separate figures are not kept to differentiate between civil servants and non-civil servants who have been refused security vetting by the Home Office.

Community Sentences

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community service and (b) restorative justice sentences were imposed in (i) Redbridge, (ii) Waltham Forest, (iii) London and (iv) England in each of the last three years; what proportion of all sentences in each area each represented in each year; what plans he has to encourage increased use of each type of sentence; and if he will make a statement. [221247]

Paul Goggins: Information on community sentences for the years 2000 to 2003 is contained in table A. Statistics for 2004 will be published in the latter part of this year.

Restorative justice can form part of referral orders and reparation orders, which are disposals for juveniles. The Youth Justice Board has set a key performance indicator (KPI) for Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) which seeks to ensure that at least 75 per cent. of victims of youth crime referred to YOTS are offered the opportunity to participate in restorative processes by 2005. Table B gives performance against this KPI.

The Government are keen to encourage the use of restorative justice throughout the adult criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 allows for restorative justice to be part of an offender's sentence, permitting sentencers to include it in activity requirements imposed as part of a Community Order. This will be piloted in due course. The Act also allows for the use of restorative justice in the new Conditional Caution. We are about to issue implementation guidance on restorative justice for Local Criminal Justice Boards and their constituent agencies.

As part of the reform of the sentencing structure in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, current community sentences for adults, including the community punishment order, will be replaced by a single generic community order with a range of possible requirements. Courts will then be able to choose different elements to make up a bespoke community order. Technological advances, such as electronic monitoring provide innovative ways to monitor compliance, reduce offending and ensure community sentences are not a soft option. The new community order will be available from 4 April 2005 and will apply only to offences committed on or after that date.
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Table A: Persons sentenced to community sentences in Redbridge, Waltham Forest, London and England and as a proportion of all persons sentenced, 2000–03

Community rehabilitation order
Supervision order
Community punishment order
Area and yearNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Waltham Forest17043811413
Total London7,32241,66015,6093
Total England55,182410,103146,3744
Waltham Forest20744911643
Total London7,38941,45216,7873
Total England59,80559,695147,2854
Waltham Forest18854511724
Total London6,28631,31317,0134
Total England58,88249,174146,9263

Attendance centre order
Community punishment and rehabilitation order
Curfew order
Area and yearNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Waltham Forest25169290
Total London59702,05112860
Total England5,656013,61013,6880
Waltham Forest14056190
Total London40201,95915900
Total England3,834014,46315,9330
Waltham Forest10059140
Total London26101,93217580
Total England3,102014,16919,0971

Reparation order
Action plan order
Drug treatment and testing order
Area and yearNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Waltham Forest160541120
Total London69701,33117120
Total England7,43518,18814,0530
Waltham Forest90311260
Total London412078907910
Total England4,61905,78304,9430
Waltham Forest4090341
Total London229048201,0081
Total England2,87604,00906,5310

Referral order(15)
Total community sentences
Total persons sentenced
Area and yearNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Waltham Forest--534134,204
Total London--20,26512174,754
Total England--154,289121,252,396
Waltham Forest832648125,221
Total London3,016223,58712200,855
Total England18,1611174,521131,317,643
Waltham Forest3,617222,89912197,069
Total London24,2202178,986131,347,753
Total England1083633154,126

(15) Referral orders were introduced nationally on 1 April 2002.

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Table B: Performance against the YJB Restorative Justice KPI

2002(16)2003–04April to December 2004(17)
Waltham Forest18.7047.7090.60

(16) Due to limitations in information systems, KPI performance data before 2003–04 were collected in calendar years.
(17) These are provisional and subject to change.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rates were for community-based sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of sentence and (b) offence committed. [217732]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The probability that an offender will be reconvicted is strongly associated with a number of factors such as age and previous criminal history. It is not appropriate to compare reconviction rates over time as allowances need to be made for any change in the characteristics of offenders being given community-based sentences. For instance, if young offenders were proportionally more numerous in some years than they were in others, we would predict an increase in the actual rate as younger offenders are more likely to be reconvicted.
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Home Office Online Report 59/04 controlled for such changes in characteristics, and also excluded the impact of more rigorous enforcement of breaches by the Probation Service. It found that, when compared to the reconviction rate that is predicted given their characteristics, there was a reduction of 2 per cent. in the reconviction rate between 1997 and 2001 for adult offenders given community sentences, although this reduction was not statistically significant

The tables give unadjusted reconviction rates for those receiving community based sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by type of sentence and offence committed. The figures given are for those aged 16 and over and show the percentage reconvicted within two years. Figures broken down by offence are not readily available for the years 1997 and 1998.
Reconviction rates within 2 years of commencing a community sentence under supervision of the Probation Service, since 1997, by type of order given

Percentage reconvicted
Community rehabilitation orderCommunity punishment and rehabilitation orderCommunity punishment orderAll community penalties

Reconviction rates within 2 years of commencing a community sentence under supervision of the Probation Service, since 1997, by original offence

Percentage reconvicted
Violence against the personSexual OffencesRobberyBurglaryTheft

Fraud and forgeryDrugs offencesMotoring offencesCriminal damageOther Indictable offencesOther summary offences

(18) Figures not readily available
1. Only reconvictions for standard list offences are counted as reconvictions.
2. The original offence is the principal offence at conviction. This is the conviction that incurs the most severe sentence at each court appearance.

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