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Family Court (Imprisonments)

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were imprisoned following in-camera hearings of the family court in each of the past three years; how many of these were imprisoned for offences relating to contempt of court; how many were imprisoned for more than a month; and for what offences, other than contempt, they were imprisoned. (79825)

Information on how many people have been sentenced to a term in prison by the family courts in each of the last three financial years is not recorded. However the following figures show the number of people remanded under custody. These cases include those sentenced to a prison sentence and those kept in police cells. The table also shows the number of people remanded on bail or for medical reports.

Financial year

Bail

Custody

Medical reports

Total

2003-04

217

616

8

841

2004-05

225

565

10

800

2005-06

253

576

2

831

Note:

The figures are from the County and High Courts only and relate to the breach of Family Law Act 1996 orders.