Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, broken down by age group, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The requested data relating to offences under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 are in the following table.

The statistics relate to 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.

Number of males and females, broken down by age group, proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts, for the offence of 'Child Destruction' under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006( 1,2)
1997 1998 1999 2000
Sex Age Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
Male 10-17
Male 18-20
Male 21 and over 1
Male Total 1
Female 10-17
Female 18-20
Female 21 and over
Female Total
2001 2002 2003 2004
Sex Age Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
Male 10-17
Male 18-20 1
Male 21 and over 1
Male Total 1 1
Female 10-17
Female 18-20
Female 21 and over
Female Total
2005 2006
Sex Age Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
Male 10-17
Male 18-20
Male 21 and over 1
Male Total 1
Female 10-17
Female 18-20 1
Female 21 and over 1 1
Female Total 2 1
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(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.

Note:

The number of people found guilty may exceed those proceeded against in a. particular year, as it may be the case that the proceedings in the magistrates court took place in the preceding year and they were found guilty at the Crown court in the following year, or the defendant was found guilty for a different offence to the original offence proceeded against.

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