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Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, as amended, were referred to Essex Crown Prosecution Service in each year from 2000; and in how many of these cases prosecutions were brought. 
The Solicitor-General: Records are not available for the whole period requested and it is not possible to break the figures down into number of cases referred and number prosecuted. For the period February 2004 to December 2004, CPS Essex handled prosecutions in respect of 130 offences under s18 Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 930W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions, what the nature of the offences committed by the defendants being prosecuted by Essex Crown Prosecution Service were; how many defendants were (a) convicted and (b) acquitted; and what the average cost of the prosecution in such cases was in each year since 2000. 
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service only introduced a system for the recording and analysis of principal offence types in September 2004. Atable of the principal offence types and outcomes for the period since September 2004 is as follows.
Average prosecution costs are calculated nationally and so average prosecution costs for Essex are not available. The average cost for a defendant prosecuted for a summary offence in the magistrates court, is £390.80. To prosecute a defendant for an either way offence in the magistrates court, the average cost is £393.
The average cost for a defendant prosecuted in the Crown court following a mixture of guilty and not guilty pleas, is £1,256. For a defendant who pleads not guilty to all charges the average cost of a prosecution is £1,293. A table showing the breakdown of costs by case disposal is as follows.
|Discontinued (including Judge Ordered Acquittals)||Discharged Committals||Judge Directed Acquittals and Dismissals no Case to Answer||Acquittals and Dismissals|
|Proofs in Absence|
|B||Offences Against The Person||211||4||5||48||53||2|
|F||Theft and Handling||63||4||1||12||13||0|
|G||Fraud and Forgery||11||3||0||2||2||0|
|J||Public Order Offences||56||0||1||13||14||4|
|K||All Other Offences (excluding Motoring)||36||1||0||5||5||2|
|Guilty Pleas||Convictions after Trial||Total Unsuccessful Outcomes (excluding Administrative Finalisations)||Percentage||Total Convictions||Percentage||Total|
|B||Offences Against The Person||433||70||268||34.7||505||65.3||773|
|F||Theft And Handling||648||25||80||10.6||673||89.4||753|
|G||Fraud And Forgery||47||1||16||25.0||48||75.0||64|
|J||Public Order Offences||273||17||70||19.2||294||80.8||364|
|K||All Other Offences (excluding Motoring)||245||29||42||13.2||276||86.8||318|
Crown Prosecution Service records include an analysis of the principal offence type for which each defendant was prosecuted and, within that analysis, an indication of the outcome of proceedings. The information from these records is as follows in respect of CPS Essex, including the number of acquittals.
The analysis of outcomes takes no account of cases which resulted in an administrative finalisation (where the defendant could not be traced by the police, or had died, or been found unfit to plead). The number and proportion of unsuccessful outcomes are therefore understated.
|Guilty Either way||67.42||5.77||18.92||92.11|
|Pre Charge Decision||29.07||0.00||0.06||29.13|
|Youth case (additional to PI above)||24.67||0||9.73||34.40|
|Late Guilty" (additional to PI above)||96.78||0||40.03||136.81|
|Not guilty Contest||620.65||547.65||124.75||1,293.05|
|Guilty/Not Guilty Contest||598.26||534.01||122.71||1,254.98|
|Committal for sentence||36.50||55.89||35.36||127.75|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, columns 34546W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions (Essex), what the cost to public funds was of prosecutions (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) for the period to September 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
The costs of prosecutions to public funds are divided into two categories. The first is the prosecution cost and the second is administration costs. The Crown Prosecution Service uses financial years for managing budgets and costs.
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The table shows prosecution and administrative costs incurred by CPS Essex during each financial year since April 1997. Administration costs include all payroll costs and other non-payroll administration costs.
|20042005 (to September 2004)||1,685,430||3,093,535|
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 663W, on the Court of Justice, if she will make a statement on UK interest in the case; and in how many instances since 1997 the UK has acted as an intervening state. 
The Solicitor-General: The UK supported the Commission in this case as it raised important questions about the operation of the single market. However, after considering the Pleadings the UK felt that that it could add nothing of value to the Commission's case.
The information on the number of instances in which the UK acted as intervening state since 1997 is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the UK participated in 165 cases brought in the European Court between February 2003 and December 2004.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General how many football banning order cases the Crown Prosecution Service has brought in (a) Essex and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997; and how many of these resulted in (i) conviction and (ii) acquittal. 
The following table sets out the relevant figures. The figures relate to persons for whom these sentences were for the principal offences for which
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they were found guilty. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same
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disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
|Essex||England and Wales|
|Offence description||Principal statute||Year||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Acquitted||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Acquitted|
|12530 breach of a domestic football banning order||Public Order Act 1986 S.32(3)||1997||||||||5||5|||
|12559 Failure to comply with requirements of Football Banning Order||Football Spectators Act 1 989 S.14J||1997|||||||||||||
|50200 Other offences related to Football Banning Orders||Football Spectators Act SS.14B, 21B and 22||1997|||||||||||||
|Failing to comply with the duty to report imposed by a restriction order||Football Banning Order Act S.14(4)||1997|||||||||||||
|Failing to comply with requirements necessary to give effect to restriction orders||Football Spectators Act 1989 S.19(6)||1997||||||2||2|||
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