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Justice written question – answered on 6th January 2014.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of (a) burglary, (b) sexual assault, (c) grievous bodily harm, (d) rape, (e) manslaughter, (f) attempted murder, (g) forgery, (h) fraud, (i) theft of a motor vehicle, (j) theft from a person, (k) robbery, (l) sexual activity with a child under 16, (m) sexual activity with a child under 13, (n) sexual assault of a female, (o) rape of a male, (p) rape of a female, (q) sexual assault on a male, (r) child abduction, (s) abandoning children aged under two years, (t) cruelty or neglect of children, (u) wounding or other acts endangering life, (v) causing death by aggravated vehicle-taking, (w) causing death by driving while unlicensed or uninsured, (x) causing death of a child or a vulnerable person, (y) causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, (z) manslaughter due to diminished responsibility (aa) causing death by reckless driving, (bb) threat or conspiracy to murder, (cc) perverting to course of justice, (dd) violent disorder, (ee) kidnapping, (ff) blackmail, (gg) intent to supply a controlled drug, (hh) possession of a controlled drug, (ii) criminal damage, (jj) arson, (kk) common assault, (ll) dangerous driving and (mm) firearms offences and received a custodial sentence of less than (i) six months and (ii) four years in 2012.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Sentencing in individual cases is a matter for the courts, within the maximum penalty available for the offence. Since 2010, offenders are more likely to go to custody and for longer.

Data on offenders found guilty and the subset sentenced to custodial sentences for offences referred to in the question above, in England and Wales in 2012, can be viewed in the table:

Persons convicted and sentenced to immediate custody for selected offence groups at all courts, by sentence length, England and Wales, 2012
      Sentence length
Year Offence Total convicted Total immediate custody Less than 6 months 6 months to less than 4 years 4 years Over 4 years
2012 Burglary 22,427 11,422 2,629 7,921 316 556
  Sexual assault, of which: 2,324 1,177 125 713 77 262
  —Sexual assault on a female 2,108 1,034 121 617 68 228
  —Sexual assault on a male 216 143 4 96 9 34
  Grievous bodily harm1 4,030 2,177 16 2,102 24 35
  Rape, of which: 1,145 1,076 90 41 945
  —Rape of a male 90 74 10 2 62
  —Rape of a female 1,055 1,002 80 39 883
  Manslaughter 166 153 23 7 123
  Attempted murder 75 71 2 69
  Fraud and forgery, of which: 16,437 3,922 1,322 2,420 57 123
  —Forgery 1,850 1,137 250 874 4 9
  —Fraud 14,073 2,745 1,057 1,521 53 114
  —Other fraud and forgery 514 40 15 25
  Theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicle 811 325 159 161 4 1
  Robbery 8,337 5,002 76 3,460 363 1,103
  Theft from the person of another 5,953 2,127 1,362 749 5 11
  Sexual activity with child under 16 824 519 8 354 43 114
  Sexual activity with child under 13 230 123 5 72 11 35
  Child abduction 93 45 5 38 1 1
  Abandoning child aged under two years
  Cruelty to or neglect of children 615 142 16 108 4 14
  Wounding or other act endangering life 1,828 1,684 6 371 177 1,130
  Causing death by aggravated vehicle taking 4 3 2 1
  Causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers 13 4 1 3
  Causing death of a child or vulnerable person 3 3 3
  Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs 23 21 8 1 12
  Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility 13 6 1 5
  Causing death by reckless driving2 221 59 4 54 1
  Threat or Conspiracy to Murder 449 216 39 150 10 17
  Perverting the Course of Justice 1,386 675 200 466 4 5
  Violent Disorder 534 361 14 345 1 1
  Kidnapping3 335 258 1 166 24 67
  Blackmail 159 127 103 8 16
  Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply 6,851 3,344 163 2,592 189 400
  Possession of a controlled drug 39,836 1,161 1,032 110 5 14
  Criminal damage (excluding arson) 4,659 370 274 92 2 2
  Arson 1,354 618 56 374 53 135
  Common assault, etc 51,637 7,105 6,838 267
  Dangerous driving 2,740 1,104 164 940
  Firearms offences 1,599 463 80 183 12 188
1 Includes offences of wounding or inflicting bodily harm (including racially aggravated) and malicious wounding or grievous bodily harm (including racially and/or religiously aggravated). 2 Includes offences grouped as ‘Causing Death by careless or inconsiderate driving’. 3 Includes offences of kidnapping, hijacking, false imprisonment, detaining and threatening to kill or injure a hostage. Note: The figures given in the table 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 it 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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