§ Mr. Cox
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are currently serving a prison sentence of over five years having been charged with(a) violent and (b) non-violent offences. 
§ Ms Quin
The available breakdown, by type of offence, of those prisoners serving sentences of over five years in prisons in England and Wales, is given in the table.
Number1 of sentenced prisoners serving sentences of over five years, by type of offence England and Wales—30 June 1998 Number of persons All establishments offence Number serving sentences of over five years Offences with immediate custodial sentence 14,672 Violence against the person 5,309 Murder 3,096 Other homicide and attempted homicide 856 Wounding 995 Assaults 9 Cruelty to children 9 Other offences of violence against the person 344 Sexual Offences 2,537 Buggery and indecency between males 261 Rape 1,831 Gross indecency with children 125 Other sexual offences 320 Burglary 571 Robbery 2,613 Theft and Handling 109 Taking and driving away 4 Other thefts 72 Handling stolen goods 33 Fraud and Forgery 70 Fraud 64 Forgery 6 Drug Offences 2,650 Other Offences 515 Arson 221 Criminal damage 12 Motoring offences 8 Drunkenness — Blackmail 28 Kidnapping 86 Affray 2 Violent disorder 7 Perjury, libel, pervert course of justice 9 Threat/disorderly behaviour 5 Breach of court order 4 Other 133 Offence not recorded 298 1 Provisional figures