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Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under-18 year olds were convicted of illegally carrying (a) knives and (b) other weapons in each year since 1990. [74186]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 25 May 2006]: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of under 18-year-olds found guilty for selected offences related to the illegal possession and carrying of knives and other weapons in England and Wales from 1990-2004, are provided in the following tables.

Data for 2005 will be available in the autumn.


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Number of offenders aged under 18 found guilty at all courts for selected offences related to the illegal carrying of knives, guns and other weapons, England and Wales, 1990-2004( 1)
Offence description 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life

2

1

8

4

12

Using firearms or imitation firearms to resist arrest

2

1

1

2

4

4

2

Possessing firearms or imitation firearm at time of committing or being arrested for an offence specified in schedule 1 of the Firearms Act

9

6

4

10

7

5

8

10

Possessing firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence or resist arrest

10

14

16

11

9

13

13

8

Possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence

13

27

36

Other firearms offences(2)

31

45

35

29

52

84

61

76

Having an article with blade or point in public place

114

476

Having an article with blade or point on school premises(3)

2

6

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

586

494

439

377

408

482

613

648

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

2


Offence description 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life

5

9

6

6

4

11

7

Using firearms or imitation firearms to resist arrest

2

1

1

1

Possessing firearms or imitation firearm at time of committing or being arrested for an offence specified in schedule 1 of the Firearms Act

22

13

12

19

27

33

17

Possessing firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence or resist arrest

20

17

26

15

20

18

19

Possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence

55

64

55

88

89

82

81

Other firearms offences(2)

73

76

74

103

99

108

171

Having an article with blade or point in public place

552

541

680

939

948

910

992

Having an article with blade or point on school premises(3)

9

5

12

8

16

15

27

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

699

675

858

1,116

1,071

971

1,181

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

8

9

6

12

15

10

18

(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.
(2) Includes offences related to trespass with firearms, selling, supplying, illegal modification and the possession of loaded firearms in public.
(3) Excludes data provided by West Mercia police force area

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of carrying a knife in a public place in the Humberside police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [82531]

Mr. Coaker: Data from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, showing convictions for people carrying a knife in Humberside police authority from 1997 to 2004, are in the following table.

Figures for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2006.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for carrying a knife in a public place, within the Humberside police force area, 1997 to 2004( 1)
Offence Statute 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Having an article with blade or point in public place.

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 S.3

43

45

65

53

46

69

63

105

Having an article with blade or point on school premises.

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139A (1)(5)(a) as added by Offensive Weapons Act 1996S.4(1)

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

1

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
Source:
ROS-Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of carrying (a) a knife, or other bladed weapon and (b) a gun in a public place in the Humberside police authority area in each of the last nine years; and if he will make a statement. [84572]


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