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|Table B: Motoring offences dealt with in, England, 1980 to 2005|
|Number of offences|
|Speed limit offences( 1)||Dangerous driving offences( 2)|
|Written warnings||Fixed penalty notices( 3)||Court proceedings( 4)||Written warnings||Fixed penalty notices( 3)||Court proceedings( 4)|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.|
(2) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 2 as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991 s. 2.
(3) Fixed penalty notices paid i.e. no further action.
(4) Will include fixed penalty notices issued but not paid and referred to court.
(5) From 1980-97 findings of guilt at all courts, numbers of court proceedings, are not available. From 1998 onwards covers total proceedings at magistrates courts.
n/a = not applicable
1: It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.
However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of those people accused of (a) possession and (b) dealing in cannabis were (i) found not guilty, (ii) fined and (iii) imprisoned in each year since 1997. 
|Persons( 1) proceeded against for cannabis( 2) offences by outcome, England and Wales 1997 to 2005|
|Persons found not guilty( 3)||Persons fined||Persons sentenced to immediate custody|
|Offence||Statute||Year||Persons proceeded against||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage|
|(1) Principal offence basis.|
(2) Cannabis was re-classified from a Class B to a Class C drug from 29 January 2004 and formal warnings for its possession introduced.
(3) Includes proceedings discontinued, discharges under sec 6, charges withdrawn and charges dismissed at magistrates courts and not tried and acquitted at the Crown court.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice.
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