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Information Services

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how he proposes to ensure that all providers of supervisory services for which his Department has responsibility have the same level of access to information and support systems. [188337]

Mr. Hanson: The Data Share project, in the new NOMIS Programme, will allow public prisons and probation areas access to a simple read-only database containing important case information held by the separate case management systems, to further support the management of offenders.

Information on violent and sexual offenders, managed under Multi-Agency Public Protection
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Arrangements (MAPPA) will be shared across supervisory services (including the police) through a single, secure system; ViSOR. Once the deployment of the system is complete in spring 2008, ViSOR will become the first IT system to be jointly shared across probation, prison and police services.

Land Registry: Pay

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) salaries and (b) bonuses paid to each of the directors of HM Land Registry were in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. [188339]

Mr. Wills: The table, taken from Land Registry’s Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07, covers all taxable pay in 2006, including any performance or corporate bonus, if awarded. In accordance with the Financial Reporting Manual issued by HM Treasury, Land Registry is required to seek permission from each director before disclosing his/her salary, including any allowances, in bands of £5,000. Such permission is required in order to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The directors’ salary details for 2007-08 will be available in similar bandings when this year’s annual report and accounts has been audited. Copies will be laid before Parliament before the summer recess.


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2006-07

Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive

£150,000 to £155,000

Deputy Chief Executive and Business Development Director

£125,000 to £130,000

Director of Operations

£120,000 to £125,000

Director of Legal Services

£120,000 to £125,000

Director of Human Resources

£95,000 to £100,000

Finance Director

£90,000 to £95,000

Director of Information Systems

£90,000 to £95,000


Magistrates Courts: Sentencing

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of sentences from magistrates courts were custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement; [188160]

(2) how many and what proportion of offenders convicted in magistrates courts were given custodial sentences of (a) three months or less, (b) three to six months and (c) six to 12 months in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement. [188205]

Mr. Hanson: The following tables show the number of custodial sentences handed down at the magistrates court, split by age and gender, and there associated proportions to the totals.

This information can also be found in table 2.1 of “Sentencing Statistics 2006”, available at:

Persons sentenced to immediate custody at magistrates courts by length of sentence and average custodial sentence length, 1996-2006 , England and Wales
Number of persons and percentages
Custody rate and sentence length 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

All offences

Total persons sentenced

1,351,789

1,293,961

1,376,514

1,320,751

1,339,986

1,266,634

Number given immediate custody

41,166

46,517

52,615

57,974

59,975

61,868

Percentage given immediate custody

3.0

3.6

3.8

4.4

4.5

4.9

Up to and including 3 months

26,649

30,875

35,078

38,529

37,300

37,396

Proportion (percentage)

65

66

67

66

62

60

Over 3 months and less than 6 months

11,026

12,326

13,854

15,387

17,212

18,440

Proportion (percentage)

27

26

26

27

29

30

6 months

3,491

3,316

3,640

3,974

4,549

4,696

Proportion (percentage)

8

7

7

7

8

8

Over 6 months(1)

*

*

43

84

914

1,336

Proportion (percentage)

*

*

0

0

2

2

Average custodial sentence length (months)

3.0

2.9

2.8

2.8

3.0

3.1



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Number of persons and percentages
Custody rate and sentence length 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

All offences

Total persons sentenced

1,334,439

1,403,921

1,460,707

1,397,675

1,336,501

Number given immediate custody

64,913

63,396

61,384

57,250

53,431

Percentage given immediate custody

4.9

4.5

4.2

4.1

4.0

Up to and including 3 months

39,476

37,856

36,798

34,377

32,254

Proportion (percentage)

61

60

60

60

60

Over 3 months and less than 6 months

19,370

19,835

19,161

18,365

16,839

Proportion (percentage)

30

31

31

32

32

6 months

4,553

4,413

4,173

3,336

3,018

Proportion (percentage)

7

7

7

6

6

Over 6 months(1)

1,514

1,292

1,252

1,172

1,320

Proportion (percentage)

2

2

2

2

2

Average custodial sentence length (months)

3.1

3.1

3.0

3.0

3.0

(1) Over 6 months sentences relate to secure training orders given to juveniles (introduced in 1998) and replaced by detention and training orders in April 2000.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of prison sentences handed down by (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts has been in each year since 1993, broken down by type of crime. [188161]

Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the available information which can also be found in Tables 1.3 and 1.4 of “Sentencing Statistics 2006”, available at:


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