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Crimes of Violence

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is classified as a serious offence. (252843)

For the purposes of the dangerous offender provisions in Chapter 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is a serious offence and is specified in Schedule 15 to that Act, which means that an offender convicted of the offence may attract a sentence for public protection.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences of wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 were committed by offenders under probation supervision in each of the last five years. (252844)

Information on reoffending of offenders commencing court orders under probation supervision or on release from custody on licence is not broken down by detailed offence type. Serious reoffending rates are available which include wounding with intent.

Table 1 provides the number of further severe offences committed per 100 offenders during the one year follow up period for offenders commencing a court order under probation supervision in the first quarter (1 January to 31 March) of the years 2000 to 2006.

The reoffending data do not show if an offender was still under probation supervision when the offence occurred.

The following table shows the severity rates per 100 offenders for adults following commencement of a court order under probation supervision.

Number of offenders

Number of severe offences per 100 offenders1

Court orders2

2000 Q1

28,859

0.6

2002 Q1

29,014

0.7

2003 Q1

30,757

0.7

2004 Q1

31,720

0.7

2005 Q1

29,728

0.8

2006 Q1

36,777

0.6

1 Severe offences includes wounding with intent, as well as other serious violence offences and serious sexual offences. Please note the small numbers of most serious offences committed places a limitation on any robust breakdown of the severity rate.

2 Court orders include pre-CJA 2003 community sentences, community orders and suspended sentence orders.

Note:

Data for 2001 are unavailable due to problems with archived data for community sentences.

Further information on the one year rates of reoffending can be found in

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/reoffendingofadults.htm.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serious further offences were committed by offenders under probation supervision in each (a) probation area and (b) parliamentary constituency in the last year for which data are available. (252845)

The Offender Management Caseload Statistics, which are published annually, provide data on serious further offences (SFOs) by offenders under probation supervision, as notified to the National Offender Management Service Public Protection Unit (PPU).

For the purposes of the notification process in force at the time of the offences listed in the table, an SFO was a specified sexual or violent offence, which met the criteria set out in Probation Circular 41/2006.

The following table shows, as at 20 January 2009, the number of convictions recorded to date for an SFO that was notified to the PPU between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008, by probation area:

Area

SFO convictions

Avon and Somerset

10

Bedfordshire

2

Cambridgeshire

7

Cheshire

9

Cumbria

1

Derbyshire

6

Devon and Cornwall

8

Dorset

6

Durham

18

Dyfed-Powys

5

Essex

14

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

54

Gwent

7

Hampshire

8

Hertfordshire

2

Humberside

15

Kent

22

Lancashire

25

Leicestershire

11

Lincolnshire

1

London

76

Merseyside

17

Norfolk

7

North Wales

9

North Yorkshire

3

Northamptonshire

4

Northumbria

31

Nottinghamshire

26

South Wales

16

South Yorkshire

18

Staffordshire

15

Suffolk

5

Surrey

5

Sussex

7

Teesside

9

Thames Valley

5

Warwickshire

4

West Mercia

14

West Midlands

58

West Yorkshire

38

Wiltshire

6

Total

605

As at 20 January 2009, there were 191 cases of offenders charged with a serious further offence during the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 still awaiting trial.

We do not hold information about the parliamentary constituency in which the relevant offenders were supervised. To obtain such information would require manual checking of files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

The number of SFO convictions is around 0.35 per cent. of the number of offenders being supervised in the community by the Probation Service.