§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) men and (b) women have been given a sentence of immediate custody by the courts in the Greater London area in each of the last three years. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
Available information, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Databases, is given in the table.353W
Number of persons given a sentence of immediate custody for all offences at all courts within the Greater London area1 by sex, 1996–98 1996 1997 1998 Males 14,074 15,613 16,237 Females 1,060 1,339 1,459 1Courts within areas policed by the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police.