HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 cc727-8W
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. [124125]

Paul Goggins

[holding answer 7 July 2003]: The information requested is contained in the table.

Statistics for 2002 will be published in the autumn.

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.

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