Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2018 to Question 181579 on Offenders, if he will publish offences that are categorised as petty offences.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

There is no specific definition of a petty offence. As set out in the Answer of 29 October 2018, the Secretary of State was using the phrase petty offender in accordance with its ordinary meaning, namely an offender who commits offences which are not considered serious when compared with some other offences. The seriousness of an offence is determined by two main parameters; the culpability of the offender and the harm caused or risked being caused by the offence.

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