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Sentencing: Appeals

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals against all sentences on the grounds of undue leniency the Attorney-General has made in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (179353)

The Attorney-General's office publishes annual statistics on unduly lenient sentence references on its website

www.attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk.

The following table shows the number of offenders whose sentences were referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient, the number of offenders whose references were subsequently withdrawn and the number of offenders who were therefore brought before the Court of Appeal in each of the last five years for which full statistics have been published.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Offenders referred to Court of Appeal

148

102

159

127

160

Withdrawn references

9

6

22

19

16

Offenders brought to the Court of Appeal

139

96

137

108

144

To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals against the minimum tariff applied in cases of indeterminate sentences for public protection on the grounds of undue leniency the Attorney-General has made in each year since that sentence became available to the courts. (179354)

The Attorney-General's office publishes annual statistics on unduly lenient sentence references on its website

www.attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk.

The following table shows the number of offenders whose sentences were referred to the Court of Appeal on the basis that the minimum term attached to a sentence of imprisonment for public protection (under section 225 (3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) was unduly lenient in each of the years when the sentence was available to the court and for which full statistics have been published.

Offenders referred

20051

0

2006

2

1 The legislation came into force on 4 April 2005 and applies to offences committed from that date