Drugs: Misuse

Justice written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence was for persons sentenced to immediate custody for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 section 4(3) and 5(3), in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Person sentenced( 1 ) to immediate custody for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 section 4(3) and 5(3), and the average sentence length( 2) , for each of the last five years
Sentenced Sentence to immediate custody Custody rate (%) Average sentence length (months)( 2)
2002 Section 4(3) 2,655 2,077 78 43.7
Section 5(3) 3,017 2,233 74 34.3
2003 Section 4(3) 2,905 2,248 77 43.2
Section 5(3) 3,378 2,444 72 36.1
2004 Section 4(3) 3,101 2,348 76 40.6
Section 5(3) 3,880 2,645 68 37.4
2005 Section 4(3) 3,274 2,085 64 36.6
Section 5(3) 4,810 2,944 61 33.5
2006 Section 4(3) 2,425 2,039 84 38.2
Section 5(3) 4,925 2,930 59 31.8
(1) Principal offence basis

(2) Excludes life sentences

PQ(RN)133-08 RDS NOMS

28 March 2008

Misuse of drugs Act (1971) S.4(3)

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (or being concerned in) Class 'A' Drug, Class 'B' Drug, Class 'C' Drug, class unspecified

Misuse of drugs Act (1971) S.5(3)

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, Class 'A' Drug, Class 'B' Drug, Class 'C' Drug, class unspecified

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