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The figures referred to have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.
|Table 7.3: Immediate custodial sentenced receptions into prison establishments( 1 ) by offence group, sentence length and sex, 2005England and Wales|
|Number of persons|
|All||Less than or equal to 6 months||Greater than 6 months less than 12 months||12 months to less than 4 years||4 years or more (excluding indeterminate sentences)||Indeterminate sentences|
|(1) Excludes police cells.|
Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level. See technical appendix of report for fuller information.
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote the exchange of views on sentencing policy between his Department and the Crown Prosecution Service. 
The exchanges of views between the Home Office and other agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), on criminal justice issues such as sentencing policy, is promoted through the National Criminal Justice Board and other formal and informal meetings between Ministers and officials. The
Governments consultation, Making Sentencing Clearer was issued jointly by the Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and the Attorney General, the Minister responsible for the CPS.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department plans to implement the proposed sentencing reforms set out in the report Making Sentencing Clearer; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The consultation document Making Sentencing Clearer was published on 9 November 2006 with the consultation period closing on 9 January 2007. The responses to the consultation are currently being assessed and will inform how the proposals will be implemented.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts may issue stand alone sentences of suspended prison sentences; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a new suspended sentencethe suspended sentence order (SSO). The SSO is available for offences committed on or after 4 April 2005. It is more flexible than the previous suspended sentence and available to the courts in all cases as an alternative to an immediate custodial sentence.
The SSO is more demanding than the previous suspended sentence; it allows the court to impose community requirements together with a suspended custodial sentence of up to 12 months (six months in the magistrates court) which is activated if the offender breaches the community period.
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