§ Lord Dholakia
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many sentences were passed under Section 2(2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of Crown Court sentences passed for violent and sexual offences did this represent. [HL2986]
§ Lord Bassam of Brighton
The requested information is not collected centrally.
However, findings from a research study of sentencing practice published in Home Office Research Study 180 show that, from a sample of 1,800 Crown Court cases, eight, or 3 per cent, of offenders convicted of violent offences and five, or 6 per cent, of those convicted of sexual offences were given a longer than normal custodial sentence under Section 2(2)(b).