HC Deb 25 January 2001 vol 361 cc722-3W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions have been brought in each year since 1995 for conspiracy to defraud; and how many and what percentage, of offenders were sentenced to prison terms of over(a) 20, (b) 15 and (c) 10 years. [146838]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Available court data, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, covering "conspiracy to defraud" offences under Common Law and s12 of the Criminal. Justice Act 1987 are given in the table. Both offences carry maximum custodial sentences of 10 years.

(b) indecent assault and (c) gross indecency, relating to males under the age of 16 years, have (i) been recorded (ii) led to charges being preferred and (iii) led to convictions in each police force area since 1997. [146441]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Centrally collected recorded crime statistics do not include details of either the age of victim or perpetrator for these offences in the detail required. Information on the number of persons charged is not available centrally.

However, available information taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database on the number of persons prosecuted or convicted are given in the tables which have been placed in the Library. Detail is given on (1) the number of defendants prosecuted and convicted for offences where the male victim's age is known, and (2) the number of male defendants aged 10 to under 16 prosecuted and convicted by offence type.