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Criminal Convictions

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people between the ages of 16 and 65 years in (a) England and Wales (b) Great Britain and (c) the United Kingdom, have been convicted of an indictable offence in the last year for which figures are available.

The readily available information shows that the number of persons aged 16 years or over found guilty of indictable offences in England and Wales in 1975 was 335,841, and the number of persons aged 17 years and over found guilty of indictable offences in Northern Ireland in 1975 was 3,694. The number of persons aged 16 years or over against whom, in 1975, a charge was proven in Scotland in respect of a crime was 33,716. Because of the different definition of offences in Scotland, it is not possible to give an overall figure for Great Britain or for the United Kingdom.