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Sentences: Offensive Weapons

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been sentenced to custody in the 10 knife action programme areas for knife-related crimes; (246748)

(2) how many people have been given community supervision orders in the 10 knife action programme areas for knife-related crimes.

Finalised data for sentencing for knife and offensive weapon possession in the 10 Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) areas in 2008 will not be available until ‘Sentencing Statistics 2008’ is published in November 2009. However, as part of TKAP, provisional data from management information systems are being gathered. These data will be subject to continual revision. The provisional figures available from the Police National Computer indicate that between June and October 2008 in the TKAP areas, 2,036 community penalties, 1,356 immediate custodial sentences and 669 suspended sentence orders were given for offences relating to the possession of a knife or offensive weapon in a public place or on school premises. These figures include adult and juvenile offenders.

The figures quoted in this answer have been taken from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.