Select Committee on Home Affairs Written Evidence


52.  Sixth Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Home Office

Letter from Vernon Coaker MP

  When giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 13 March, I undertook to write to the Committee on one issue.

  Mr Winnick asked if many convictions had actually taken place for those aged 21 and over who had been found guilty of possession of a prohibited firearm. The attached table provides this information.

PERSONS(1) SENTENCED FOR FIREARMS POSSESSION OFFENCES INVOLVING MANDATORY CUSTODIAL SENTENCES (FROM 2004), ENGLAND AND WALES, 199




Of which:
5 years or over
(2)
Offence
Statutes
Year
Age group
Total persons sentenced
Persons given immediate custody
Of which:
5 years or over
(2)
No.% of total
sentenced
Average custodial sentence length (months)

Possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition or
Firearms Act 1968 sections 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba)(3), (ac), (ad), (ae), (af)(4) or (c) and
1995
16-17
18-20
21+
Total
39
102
524
665
4
10
70
84
-
-
1
1
-
-
0.2
0.2
3.0
10.2
12.9
12.1
firearm disguised as
section 5(1A) as
other object
amended by the
1996
16-17
34
5
-
-
6.0
Criminal Justice
18-20
87
10
-
-
3.8
Act section 287
21+
597
93
9
1.5
19.4
Total
718
108
9
1.3
17.2
1997
16-17
32
3
-
-
10.7
18-20
105
9
-
-
2.7
21+
639
94
-
1.1
16.8
Total
776
106
7
0.9
15.3
1998
16-17
36
2
-
-
4.5
18-20
159
19
-
-
5.4
21+
836
150
7
0.8
15.1
Total
1,031
171
7
0.7
13.0
1999
16-17
36
2
-
-
7.5
18-20
98
12
-
-
5.2
21+
666
124
7
1.1
17.1
Total
800
138
7
0.9
15.9
2000
16-17
35
3
-
-
10.0
18-20
109
16
1
0.9
14.4
21+
585
123
5
0.9
19.6
Total
729
142
6
0.8
18.7
2001
16-17
62
2
-
-
8.0
18-20
148
21
-
-
7.5
21+
529
108
7
1.3
21.0
Total
739
131
7
0.9
18.7
2002
16-17
54
8
-
-
9.8
18-20
115
26
-
-
16.6
21+
603
140
15
2.5
23.0
Total
772
174
15
1.9
21.3
2003
16-17
52
8
-
-
11.0
18-20
121
23
-
-
16.6
21+
713
183
34
4.8
29.3
Total
886
214
34
3.8
27.3
2004(5)
16-17
49
10
5
10.2
25.0
18-20
122
35
13
10.7
39.5
21+
565
206
63
11.2
35.3
Total
736
251
81
11.0
35.3
2005
16-17
32
9
4
12.5
26.0
18-20
59
34
18
30.5
45.5
21+
294
199
124
42.2
48.6
Total
383
242
146
37.9
47.3

(1)  Principal offence basis.

(2)  3 years in the case of persons aged 16-17.

(3)  Came into force during 1997.

(4)  Came into force during 2004.

(5)  Many of the persons dealt with in 2004 will have committed their offences prior to the mandatory sentence being introduced in January 2004.

Source: RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice.

These figures have been drawn from administrative date 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.





 
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