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Sexual Offences: Appeals

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals on the grounds of undue leniency against sentences for rape were made in each of the last five years. (200206)

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 for offences including rape1 were referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient in each of the last five years for which full statistics have been published.

1 This includes attempted rape, conspiracy to rape and incitement to rape offences.

Offenders referred to Court of Appeal

Number

2002

4

2003

12

2004

12

2005

11

2006

18