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Suspended Sentences

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of men given suspended sentences subsequently had them imposed in whole or part in the years 1983 and 1984.

About a quarter of males aged 21 and over given a fully suspended sentence in 1983 or 1984 were subsequently sentenced to immediate custody for breach of the sentence. The available information is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (the latest issue is for 1984—Cmnd. 9621) and in the supplementary tables. Details of persons given partly or fully suspended sentences of imprisonment are published in the supplementary tables, in vollume 1, table S 1.1(A) for magistrates' courts and in voume 2, table S2.1(A) for the Crown court. Details of those dealt with for non-compliance with the terms of suspended sentences are published in tables 7.31 and 7.32 of the command paper for 1984 and discussed on page 143 of the commentary.