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Prison Sentences (Appeals)

Volume 894: debated on Tuesday 24 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the currently applicable Lord Chief Justice's memorandum to appellate court judges on not increasing a prison sentence on appeal; and if he will publish the memorandum in the Official Report.

The power of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to increase sentences on appeal was abolished in England and Wales by the Criminal Appeal Act 1966.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions during the past 20 years a convicted prisoner has had his prison sentence increased by the Court of Appeal; what were the sentences imposed by the trial judge and the increased sentence imposed on appeal; and when was the last occasion when such increased sentence was imposed by the Court of Appeal.

The court's power to increase sentences was abolished by the Criminal Appeal Act 1966. The available information for the earlier years is as follows:

Appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal in England and Wales against sentences of imprisonment, corrective training or preventive detention in which the sentence was increased: 1955 to 1965.
YearNumber
19557
19562
19572
19582
1959
1960
19615
196212
19636
19643
19652