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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence was for persons sentenced to immediate custody for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 section 4(3) and 5(3), in each of the last five years. (196833)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Person sentenced1 to immediate custody for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 section 4(3) and 5(3), and the average sentence length2, for each of the last five years

Sentenced

Sentence to immediate custody

Custody rate (%)

Average sentence length (months)2

2002

Section 4(3)

2,655

2,077

78

43.7

Section 5(3)

3,017

2,233

74

34.3

2003

Section 4(3)

2,905

2,248

77

43.2

Section 5(3)

3,378

2,444

72

36.1

2004

Section 4(3)

3,101

2,348

76

40.6

Section 5(3)

3,880

2,645

68

37.4

2005

Section 4(3)

3,274

2,085

64

36.6

Section 5(3)

4,810

2,944

61

33.5

2006

Section 4(3)

2,425

2,039

84

38.2

Section 5(3)

4,925

2,930

59

31.8

1 Principal offence basis

2 Excludes life sentences

PQ(RN)133-08 RDS NOMS

28 March 2008

Misuse of drugs Act (1971) S.4(3)

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (or being concerned in) Class ‘A’ Drug, Class ‘B’ Drug, Class ‘C’ Drug, class unspecified

Misuse of drugs Act (1971) S.5(3)

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, Class ‘A’ Drug, Class ‘B’ Drug, Class ‘C’ Drug, class unspecified