Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many either-way offences were dealt with by magistrates in each year since 1987; of these how many were (a) committed to the Crown Court for sentence and (b) committed for trial by Crown Court; and in how many of these was mode of trial (i) elected by the defendant and (ii) referred for trial where the magistrate declined jurisdiction

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