asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of convicted (a) males and (b) females were given prison sentences of between three and six months in magistrates courts in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.
Information on the length of custodial sentences is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales": for 1981 and 1982, for immediate imprisonment, in table 7.18 of the volume for 1982 (Cmnd. 9048) and for 1983 in supplementary tables Vol. 1, tables S1.3 (partly suspended sentences) and S1.4 (unsuspended sentences) and table 7B of Cmnd. 9349 (youth custody). Corresponding information for 1984 is not yet available.