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Percentage sentenced

Sentence length

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

0—6 months

100.00

6—12 Months

——

12—18 Months

18—24 Months

2—3 Years

3—4 Years

4+ Years

Notes:
1. These data are based on the offences of publication of material in connection with marketing of a knife that suggests it is suitable for use in combat or encouraging violent behaviour.
2. These figures have been drawn from administrative data 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.
Source:
NOMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice 4 July 2008.

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each year since the Act was introduced. [217121]

Mr. Straw: Section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 relates to charges of carrying an offensive weapon or article with a blade or point on school premises and the figures given in the following tables relate to total numbers sentenced and those given (a) a fine and (b) custodial sentence under this Act in the last 10 years. Data for the last 20 years are not stored electronically and cannot be provided without prohibitive cost.

Number of persons sentenced and percentage given fines and immediate custody for carrying offensive weapons or bladed articles on school premises , 1996 to 2006

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Number sentenced

15

38

36

36

62

80

78

109

139

75

90

Number given fines

7

6

4

9

10

20

9

14

21

4

2

Percentage given fines

46.7

15.8

11.1

25.0

16.1

25.0

11.5

12.8

15.1

5.3

2.2

Number given immediate custody

1

7

5

5

13

6

12

10

16

8

8

Percentage given immediate custody

6.7

12.4

13.4

13.4

14.6

13.0

14.5

14.1

14.2

14.6

14.0


Lengths of custodial sentence—number and percentage sentenced
N umber sentenced
Sentence length 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

0-6 months

1

6

1

3

8

4

9

6

13

5

4

6-12 months

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

12-18 months

3

1

1

1

2

2

18-24 months

1

1

1

2-3 years

1

1

3-4 years

1

1

4+ years


P ercentage sentenced
Sentence length 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

0-6 months

6.7

15.8

2.8

8.3

12.9

5.0

11.5

5.5

9.4

6.7

4.4

6-12 months

2.8

2.8

3.2

2.5

2.6

1.8

1.4

1.3

1.1

12-18 months

8.3

1.6

1.3

0.0

0.7

2.7

2.2

18-24 months

1.6

0.9

1.1

2-3 years

1.6

0.9

3-4 years

2.6

2.8

4+ years

Notes:
1. These data are based on the offences of possession of an offensive weapon or article with a blade or point on school premises under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
2. These figures have been drawn from administrative data 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.
Source:
NOMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.

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