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Sexual Offences

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the average length of sentence of imprisonment imposed in each of the last 10 years upon offenders convicted of (a) rape, (b) buggery and indecency between males, (c) indecent assaults on adults, (d) gross indecency between children, and (e) other sexual offences;(2) how many individuals convicted of offences of

(a) sexual assaults on an adult, (b) buggery or indecency between males, (c) rape, and (d) gross indecency with a child were given sentences of (i) immediate imprisonment, (ii) suspended imprisonment, (iii) community service, (iv) probation, (v) a fine, and (vi) discharge in each of the last 10 years.

The information for England and Wales for the years 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989 is given in the tables. To produce further information for the other years requested would involve disproportionate cost. The 1990 data are not yet available.

Table A Number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody and average length of sentence imposed for certain sexual offences by type of court 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989

England and Wales

Magistrates' Courts

Crown Court

Offence

Year

Total immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

Total immediate custody1

Average sentence length (months)

Rape19802329644
198531054
198732575
198838775
198943375
Buggery and indecency between males19807414234
19852519032
19876522243
19885224643
19892320342
Indecent assaults on adults19805046412
198564413314
198749420823
198847323722
198948428923
Gross indecency with children19801362413
19852345614
19871139213
19881058713
1989935911
Other sexual (indictable) offences1980170468523
1985185491622
198714241,26826
198812941,29225
19897341,24727

1 Excludes 'Lifers' if which:—

In 1980 there were 4 for rape and 2 for buggery and indecency between males;

In 1985 there were 9 for rape and 1 for other sexual (indictable) offences;

In 1987 there were 12 for rape and 1 for buggery and indecency between males and 1 for other sexual (indictable) offences;

In 1988 there were 10 for rape and 2 for buggery and indecency between males and 1 for other sexual (indictable) offences; and

In 1989 there were 12 for rape, 6 for buggery and indecency between males and 1 for other sexual (indictable) offences.

2 Denotes less than one month.

Table B Number of offenders sentenced for certain sexual offences by type of court and result 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989 England and Wales

Offence

Year

Total sent

Imm. custody

Fully suspended sentence

Community service order

Probation order

Fine

Absent or conditional discharge

Other

Magistrates' courts

Indecent assault on an adult19807415034712231612092
19855616440171261708757
19875164931141221657263
19885934743111222098873
198966348401612523812967
Buggery and indecency between males19801,4897231311,29111818
1985611241174938311
1987874662270911615
19881,2335153301,03412917
19891,391293241,19414514
Rape1980927
198511
198722
198822
19893111
Gross indecency with children1980211133570522318
19851772317382241612
1987117117150251013
19889910814518125
1989100910340161111

Crown Court Indecent

1980133642561110107

Offence

Year

Total sent

Imm. custody

Fully Suspended sentence

Community service order

Probation order

Fine

Absent or conditional discharge

Other

assault on1985213133254248811
an adult19873232084253118316
198836823754429141218
198945528967744161022
Buggery and indecency between males198035114458223892015
19853621903382768279
198733322329525221910
198842824835442542421
198936520937231462515
Rape198032630043316
1985341319517
198734733710
198841839723115
198947344521421
Gross indecency with children1980542417922
198592561513512
19871329218117211
19881478725124622
19891195915430722

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were (a) convicted of and (b) cautioned for indecent exposure in each of the past 10 years.

Information for England and Wales from 1980 to 1989 on the number of offenders convicted and cautioned for the offence of indecent exposure is given in the table. This information is published annually in volumes 1, 2, and 4 of the "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables", copies of which are in the Library. Figures for 1990 are not yet available.

>Number of offenders convicted and cautioned for indecent exposure 1980–1989 England and Wales
YearConvictionsCautions
19801,890225
19811,613248
19821,568193
19831,433203
19841,326231
19851,229259
19861,081253
19871,030281
19881,163295
19891,054277

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to record locally and nationally the number of homosexual assaults on male prisoners in United Kingdom jails.

The current prison service policy is that details of all assaults are recorded, including homosexual assaults. Investigations are made as appropriate, but the system at present does not allow for easy retrieval of information relating specifically to homosexual assaults.The reporting of incidents by prison establishments in England and Wales is currently under review, as is the system for the storage and retrieval of information about incidents. It is envisaged that, following the review of incident reporting procedures, information about the more serious homosexual assaults, that is those involving a police investigation, will be more readily identifiable in the future.