§ Mr. Alexander W. Lyon
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many defendants were committed to Crown Courts for sentence in 1979, or the latest convenient year; and, of these, what was the number and percentage sentenced to (a) custodial sentences of six months or less and (b) non-custodial sentences;
(2) what number or percentage of defendants were committed in custody to Crown Courts for sentence in 1979 and then received a non-custodial sentence.
§ Mr. Brittan
The information available on sentencing at the Crown court relates to offenders sentenced in 1978 after summary conviction in 1978 or earlier and is given in the following table:
regulations in London has recently made some recommendations on the level of the fixed penalty. These are receiving consideration as part of the review of certain aspects of road traffic law being undertaken by an interdepartmental working group which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport and I have set up.