§ Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been convicted of robbery, contrary to section 8(1) of the Theft Act 1968, since that section was enacted; and how many of those persons were sentenced to life imprisonment.
§ Mr. Mellor
The information requested is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—in table 5.8 of the issue for 1984 (Cmnd. 9621) for persons found guilty and tables 2.4 and 2.5 of the supplementary tables 1984, volume 2, for sentences of life imprisonment and custody for life respectively under offence classification 34. Fifty four thousand five hundred and eighty persons were found guilty of robbery from 1 January 1969 to 31 December 1984; of whom 17 received a sentence of life imprisonment or custody for life. Corresponding information for 1985 is not yet available.