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Shop Theft: Appeals of Sentence

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

7. To ask the Solicitor-General how many appeals against sentences imposed in shop theft cases where the Crown Prosecution Service was the prosecuting body have been made in each of the last three years. (247662)

While Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) records include some information about cases proceeding to appeal, it is not possible separately to identify cases of theft from shops. To obtain this information, by reference to individual case files, would incur disproportionate cost (Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, part 2, clause 9).

Both the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and the Ministry of Justice have confirmed that the information is not available from their departmental records.