HC Deb 02 May 1996 vol 276 cc592-3W
Mr. Bernie Grant

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted under the provisions of paragraph 325, sub-paragraph (II)(f) of the immigration rules within the last five years; what guidelines on sentencing policy for those found guilty under the said provisions have been issued to the courts; how many of those prosecuted were convicted; how many of those convicted were sent to prison; how many were fined; what was the most common prison sentence given; and what was the most common fine levied. [27247]

Mr. Maclean

Information collected centrally cannot identify the exact immigration sub-rule under which a prosecution under section 26 (1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971—whereby it is an offence for a foreign national, subject to conditions imposed, to fail to register with the police—has been made. No guidelines have been issued by the Department on sentencing policy relating to the above legislation.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences associated with failing to register with the police under section 26 (1)(f) of the Immigration Act 1971 by result 1990 to 1994
England and Wales
Offence1 description/year Total proceeded against Total found guilty Total for sentence Total fined Average fine (£) Total immediate custody Average Custodial sentence length (months) Otherwise dealt with
Foreign national failing 1990 6 5 5 1 100 4
to register with police 1991 6 4 4 4 48
or to produce 1992 8 4 4 2 38 2
documents etc, 1993 6 1 1 1
1Principal immigration offence.