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|Table 2: Disposals given to those convicted of dealing in drugs and the average sentence given by the courts for the years 2001-05|
| = Not applicable.|
(1) Data include those sentenced to prison, Young Offenders Centre and those given Custody Probation Orders.
(2) Data are not available for the average probation period (months) and the average community service period (hours) for Combination Orders for 2001 and 2002.
(3) Average sentence lengths are not given for Youth Conference Orders.
(4) Other includes Absolute discharge and Recognisance.
Mr. Woodward: Local taxation in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland. The UK Government remain responsibility for taxes that apply to the United Kingdom as a whole.
Mr. Woodward: Local Taxation in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland. The Government have no plans to make a submission to the review of domestic rates in Northern Ireland.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 955W, on valuation and rating, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Rate Collection Agency's Chief Executive. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) shortest sentence, (b) shortest suspended sentence and (c) lowest fine handed down by the courts in Northern Ireland was following conviction for (i) rape, (ii) attempted rape, (iii) indecent assault on a female, (iv) indecent assault on a male, (v) indecent assault on a female child, (vi) indecent assault on a male child, (vii) gross indecency with a child, (viii) buggery with a boy under 16 years of age, (ix) buggery with a girl, (x) unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years, (xi) unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17 years, (xii) permitting a girl under 17 years to use premises for intercourse, (xiii) incest by man, (xiv) indecent exposure with intent to assault a female, (xv) exposure, (xvi) voyeurism, (xvii) sex offender failing to notify police of change of address, (xviii) breach of interim sex offenders prevention order, (xix) bigamy, (xx) distributing indecent photographs of children, (xxi) possessing indecent photograph of a child, (xxii) taking indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of children and (xxiii) making indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of children in each of the last three years. 
Tables 1-3 give the number sentenced to immediate custody and the minimum sentence length (in months) handed down by the courts for those convicted of specific sexual offences for the calendar years 2003 to 2005 (the latest years available). Tables 4-6 provide similar information for those given a suspended sentence.
|Table 1: Number sentenced to immediate custody for sexual offences and the minimum sentence length (in months) given by offence for the year 2003|
|Offence||Number sentenced to immediate custody||Minimum custodial sentence given (months)|
|(1) Sentence length is not applicable.|
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