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Firearms: Sentencing

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England and Wales were sentenced for offences, committed when over the age of 18 years, under sections 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac), (ad), (ae), (af) or (c), or section 5(1A)(a) of the Firearms Act 1968, to (a) five or more years imprisonment, (b) imprisonment of less than five years and (c) a non-custodial sentence in each year since 2004. (155206)

The number of persons aged 18 or over in England and Wales sentenced under the above sections of the Firearms Act (1968) for the years 2004 and 2005 are given as follows:

2004

2005

Five or more years imprisonment

76

142

Less than five years imprisonment

165

91

Non-custodial sentence

446

120

Although the persons were convicted in 2004 and 2005, the offence was not necessarily committed in those years and may have been committed before the introduction of the minimum sentence in January 2004.

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.