§ Sir Paul Beresford
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual convictions there were for sexual offences in the last five years; and how many of those convictions have resulted in sentences of four or more years. 
§ Paul Goggins
[holding answer 7 July 2003]: The information requested is contained in the table.
Statistics for 2002 will be published in the autumn.728W
Number of persons convicted at all courts for sexual offences1 and
the number sentenced to immediate custody for four years or
more, England and Wales
1997 to 2001
Number of persons convicted Number sentenced to immediate custody for four years and over 1997 4,523 718 1998 4,567 789 1999 4,304 753 2000 3,943 875 2001 3,823 814 1 These data are on the principal offence basis.