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Lord Donaldson of Lymington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: The sample on which Figure 11 in Chapter 12 is based covers all those convicted of indictable offences in England and Wales during five weeks of 1993 and 1994. In recent years such samples have been drawn regularly and the results published in the annual volume Criminal Statistics, England and Wales. The particular weeks selected are chosen to give good coverage of the year as a whole.

The information requested for each of the four conviction categories is given in the table below.

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Table: Convictions at the Crown Court for burglary of a dwelling

First convictionSecond convictionThird or subsequent convictionSeventh or subsequent conviction
Total offenders44719730543
(a) Number aged 17 or less2014111
(b) Number aged more than 17 and less than 2115661693
(c) Number previously sentenced to immediate custody(5) for an offence of burglary of a dwellingn/a8424543
(d) Shortest and longest custodial sentences imposed (months)1 and 842 and 1206 and 1206 and 42

(3) Based on a sample of 949 offenders--all those convicted of burglary of a dwelling at the Crown Court in five weeks of 1993 and 1994.

(4) An offender who is convicted of several offences of burglary at the same court appearance is counted as having only one conviction at that court appearance.

(5) Previous custodial sentences may have been imposed either by the Crown Court or by magistrates' courts.

END OF W/A 7 MAY 1996

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