Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929: Sentencing

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 what the average sentence was for a person convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

According to data recorded for this offence in the courts proceedings database there have been two convictions over the period 1997 to 2006.

One was in 1999, which resulted in a custodial sentence of 72 months, one was in 2005, which resulted in a life sentence.

These figures have been taken from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.

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