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Convictions

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average age was of people convicted of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary and (e) drug offences in each year since 1997. (306376)

The average age of persons found guilty at all courts in England and Wales, by selected offence type, from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) is given in the following table.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

The average age of persons convicted at all courts for selected types of offence, England and Wales 1997 to 20071, 2

Offence type

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Violence against the person

26

27

27

27

26

27

27

27

27

27

27

Sexual offences

37

38

38

37

37

37

37

36

37

36

37

Burglary

22

23

23

23

23

24

24

24

24

24

24

Robbery

21

21

22

21

21

22

22

22

21

21

20

Drug offences

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

28

28

28

28

1 The statistics relate to the average age of persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.