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Burglary and Violence Convictions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people convicted of (a) burglary and (b) violence against the person were sent to prison in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of these were sent to prison for their first offence. (108849)

The information requested is contained in the table.

The most recent custody information for first-time offenders was published in October 2005 in “Sentencing Statistics 2004”, Home Office Statistical Bulletin No. 15/05. This report is available online at http:// www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/ hosb1505.pdf. The percentage of first-time offenders sentenced to custody can be found in Table 6.6.

Figures for first-time offenders sentenced to custody by offence group are not readily available.

Persons sentenced to immediate custody for offences of burglary and violence against the person, England and Wales

Percentage

Burglary

Violence against the person

1996

42

31

1997

45

30

1998

47

30

1999

49

31

2000

51

32

2001

51

32

2002

51

31

2003

47

30

2004

45

31

2005

42

32

Note:

Although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile these figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Consequently, although figures are shown to the last digit in order to provide a comprehensive record of the information collected, they are not necessarily accurate to the last digit shown.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Home Office.