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Administration of Justice: Appeals

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency were made in each of the last five years. (200203)

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

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were referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient, the number of offenders whose references were subsequently withdrawn and the number of offenders who were therefore brought before the Court of Appeal in each of the last five years for which full statistics have been published.

Offenders referred to Court of Appeal

Withdrawn references

Offenders brought to the Court of Appeal

2002

148

9

139

2003

102

6

96

2004

159

22

137

2005

127

19

108

2006

160

16

144

To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency against the minimum tariff applied in cases of indeterminate sentences for public protection were made in each of the last three years. (200205)

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

www.attomeygeneral.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

Number

20051

0

2006

2

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