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House of Commons Hansard
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01 March 2010
Volume 506
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average (a) determinate sentence and (b) tariff was for a life or indeterminate public protection sentence for rape in each of the last 10 years. [316327]

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The available information is provided in the following table. Data on tariffs for life or indeterminate public protection sentences for rape could currently be provided only at disproportionate cost, though I have asked officials for advice on whether future arrangements for the economic collection of this data are feasible.

When calculating average custodial sentence length only determinate custodial sentences are included. This may have the effect of making the average custodial sentence length (ACSL) appear lower for offences where a larger proportion of offenders are given indeterminate sentences.

Average custodial sentence length for rape1, 1998 to 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Rape of a female under 16

88.6

91

91.8

95

94.1

97.1

99.8

95.4

93.3

108.2

110.7

Number of determinate sentences

209

224

188

160

208

235

251

208

189

196

198

Number of indeterminate sentences

7

18

10

14

6

12

16

16

26

35

35

Rape of a female over 16

78.7

78.8

81.5

77.9

83.2

85.3

77.7

82.2

79.8

77.9

80.6

Number of determinate sentences

287

231

245

238

258

261

285

292

264

253

278

Number of indeterminate sentences

28

32

26

28

26

27

34

41

112

115

94

Rape of a male under 16

96

76

67.5

79.7

84.4

85.2

84.5

84.5

81.4

88.5

100.2

Number of determinate sentences

12

30

18

19

26

25

22

26

7

12

9

Number of indeterminate sentences

2

2

4

4

4

2

2

2

7

8

4

Rape of a male over 16

69

65

90.5

85.5

73.7

69

100.5

69

77.1

99.6

75.3

Number of determinate sentences

10

6

12

14

7

4

8

12

13

9

9

Number of indeterminate sentences

2

2

0

4

2

2

2

2

6

7

2

Rape of a female under 13 by a male2

57

58.8

75.2

73.5

97.7

Number of determinate sentences

4

41

46

57

92

Number of indeterminate sentences

4

21

16

32

Rape of a male under 13 by a male2

49.8

47.5

50.3

74.8

Number of determinate sentences

10

13

18

13

Number of indeterminate sentences

6

10

9

1 Average custodial sentence length excludes life/indeterminate sentences.

2 Enacted as distinct offences by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 from 1 May 2004 with no equivalent offence under the 1956 Act.