HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 c328W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) male and (b) female remand prisoners were subsequently (i) acquitted and (ii) sentenced to a non-custodial penalty in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [121964]

Paul Goggins

It is not possible to give a numerical breakdown based on the data received on remands. A number of police forces either do not supply remand data or provide remand data that are incomplete. In particular, the number remanded into custody is believed to be under-recorded. However, the data received can be used to derive estimates of the proportions of male and female remand prisoners who were subsequently either acquitted or sentenced to a non-custodial penalty. The attached table shows figures on this basis for 2001.

Final court outcome for persons remanded in custody at some stage in magistrates' courts proceedings 1 England and Wales 2001
Estimated percentages2
Final court outcome3 Males Females
Acquitted etc 21 21
Convicted: of which: 78 78
Discharge Fine 3 5
4 5
Community sentence4 13 19
Fully suspended sentence
Immediate custody5 51 42
Otherwise dealt with6 7 7
Total 100 100
1Includes persons remanded in custody by magistrates during proceedings or on committal.
2The estimated percentages given above may not add to the total due to rounding.
3Includes estimated outcome at the Crown Court for those committed for trial or sentence.
4Includes community rehabilitation orders, supervision orders, community punishment orders, attendance centre orders, community punishment and rehabilitation orders, curfew orders, reparation orders, action plan orders and drug treatment and testing orders.
5Includes detention in a young offender institution and unsuspended imprisonment.
6Includes compensation, hospital or guardianship order under Mental Health Act 1983, police cells, recognizance and other.

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