Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people convicted of possession of a knife in a public place under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 received the maximum sentence of four years in prison established by the Act in each month since its inception, broken down by age group; and what the average sentence was of those convicted of possession of a knife in a public place under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 in each month since it came into force.

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

The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 came into effect in February 2007 and doubled the maximum sentence for people convicted of possession of a knife in a public place from two to four years.

Annual statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.

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