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Information for the earlier years can be found in the annual publication Prison Statistics, England and Wales (tables 4.6 and 4.11 for 2002) which are also available in the House of Commons Library.

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, 2005—England 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

Males and females

90,414

51,817

7,983

22,640

6,927

1,047

Violence against the person

16,744

8,965

1,383

4,510

1,332

554

Sexual offences

2,452

292

125

995

926

114

Robbery

3,894

634

199

2,066

810

185

Burglary

7,550

2,518

747

3,635

611

39

Theft and handling

17,880

13,583

1,805

2,241

223

28

Fraud and forgery

4,062

1,541

797

1,553

169

2

Drug offences

7,060

1,246

361

3,260

2,188

5

Motoring offences

12,326

10,765

670

820

62

9

Other offences

17,498

11,788

1,737

3,296

567

110

Offence not recorded

948

485

159

264

39

1

Males

82,390

46,650

7,231

21,008

6,507

994

Violence against the person

15,630

8,260

1,294

4,282

1,271

523

Sexual offences

2,433

288

123

986

922

114

Robbery

3,644

594

187

1,898

790

175

Burglary

7,254

2,415

709

3,506

585

39

Theft and handling

15,353

11,495

1,571

2,046

214

27

Fraud and forgery

3,257

1,178

605

1,315

157

2

Drug offences

6,216

1,091

329

2,855

1,936

5

Motoring offences

11,959

10,428

650

810

62

9

Other offences

15,758

10,450

1,611

3,065

533

99

Offence not recorded

886

451

152

245

37

1

Females

8,024

5,167

752

1,632

420

53

Violence against the person

1,114

705

89

228

61

31

Sexual offences

19

4

2

9

4

0

Robbery

250

40

12

168

20

10

Burglary

296

103

38

129

26

0

Theft and handling

2,527

2,088

234

195

9

1

Fraud and forgery

805

363

192

238

12

0

Drug offences

844

155

32

405

252

0

Motoring offences

367

337

20

10

0

0

Other offences

1,740

1,338

126

231

34

11

Offence not recorded

62

34

7

19

2

0

(1) Excludes police cells.
Note:
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.
Sources:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems.

Sentencing Policy

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. [116317]

Mr. Sutcliffe: 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
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Government’s 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. [116318]

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. [116627]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a new suspended sentence—the 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.

The SSO is available to both the magistrates and the Crown courts as a stand alone sentence.


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