Offences against Children: Internet

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted of an online offence of viewing or possessing child abuse images in each of the last five years; and how many of those people have been (a) imprisoned and (b) given a non-custodial sentence.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has published information (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/804510/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2018.xlsx) on the number of defendants found guilty of child sexual abuse image offences and the disposals imposed, although data does not distinguish between online and offline offending.

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