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Family Courts

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have been sentenced to a term in prison by the family courts in each of the last five years. (74737)

Numbers of how many people have been sentenced to a term in prison by the family courts in each of the last five financial years are listed below under custody. These cases under custody include those sentenced to a prison and those kept in police cells. The following table also shows the number of people on bail and the number awaiting a medical report.

Financial year

Total

Bail

Custody

Medical reports

2001-02

158

352

9

519

2002-03

203

504

16

723

2003-04

217

616

8

841

2004-05

225

565

10

800

2005-06

253

576

2

831

The figures are from the county and high courts and relate to the breach of Family Law Act 1996 orders.

Figures for family proceeding courts are not held centrally and could be produced only at disproportionate costs.