To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who received a custodial sentence of six months or less in the last 12 months were convicted of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery, (e) theft and handling stolen goods, (f) fraud and forgery, (g) criminal damage, (h) drug offences, (i) motoring offences and (j) other offences; and how many people who received a community sentence in the last 12 months were convicted of each of those types of offence.
The available information is in the following table. The most recent 12 months for which data is available is 2008, data for 2009 will become available when 'Sentencing Statistics 2009' is published later in the year.
|Community sentences and immediate custodial sentences of six months or less for ail offences, by offence type, 2008|
|Custodial sentences||Community sentences||Total sentenced|
|Violence against the person||4,742||15,610||41,442|
|Theft and handling stolen goods||18,515||40,785||110,348|
|Fraud and forgery||2,149||5,772||19,924|
|Other (excluding motoring) indictable offences||5,207||9,315||39,802|
|Indictable motoring offences||493||1,231||4,613|
|Total indictable offences||37,616||102,782||315,900|
|Summary offences (excluding motoring)||14,083||65,687||493,943|
|Summary motoring offences||6,377||21,702||552,221|
| Notes: |
1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
2. This data has been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. This data is presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.
3. Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.
Justice Statistics-Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice