HC Deb 23 December 1982 vol 34 cc622-3W
Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average length of sentence served by those convicted of rape (a) against children and (b) against adult women.

Mr. Mayhew

Information on victims of rape is not collected centrally. The information available on time served under sentence in prison department establishments by persons convicted of rape or attempted rape who were released in 1981 is given in the following table.

Persons*† released from prison department establishments in England and Wales in 1981 having served sentences for rape or attempted rape: by time served under sentence
Time served under sentence‡ Number of persons*
Up to six months 21
Over six months up to one year 85
Over one year up to two years 151
Over two years up to three years 42
Over three years up to four years 24
Over four years up to five years 14
Over five years up to seven years 4
Over seven years up to 10 years 2
Over 10 years 1
Total 344


* Excluding persons who had been recalled following a release on licence or under supervision.

† The figures are those recorded centrally and are approximate: detailed checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.

‡ Excluding any time spent in custody on remand which counted towards sentence.