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Home Department

Airguns: Crime

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of remote selling or hiring of an air weapon over the internet in each month since the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 came into effect; and of those convicted how many were given (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a fine and (iii) an alternative punishment; [206516]

(2) how many people under 18 years old were (a) charged and (b) convicted under the Firearms Act 1968 of offences involving the purchasing or hiring of an air weapon in each of the last five years; and of those convicted how many were given (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a fine and (iii) an alternative punishment; [206165]

(3) how many people were (a) charged and (b) convicted of possession of (i) an air gun or (ii) an imitation firearm, in a public place without legal authority or reasonable excuse in each year since the coming into effect of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and of those convicted, how many were given (A) a custodial sentence, (B) a fine and (C) an alternative punishment. [206166]

Jacqui Smith [holding answers 16 and 19 May 2008]: Sale or hiring of an air weapon is covered by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 which came into force during 2007.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Court proceedings data held by the Ministry of Justice for the offence of purchasing or hiring firearm or ammunition show that no persons under 18 were proceeded against, or found guilty for the years 2002 to 2006 in England and Wales.

Charging data are not held by the Ministry of Justice, hence proceeded against, and found guilty data are normally provided in lieu.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Court proceedings data held by the Ministry of Justice for the number of persons proceeded against, found guilty, sentenced to; (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a fine or (iii) an alternative punishment for the offence of possession of an air gun, or imitation firearm, for the years 2003 to 2006 in England and Wales can be viewed in the table.

Charging data are not held by the Ministry of Justice. Information on numbers proceeded against has been provided in lieu of charging data.


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These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.


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Number of persons proceeded against, found guilty, with sentence breakdowns for the offence carrying a loaded or unloaded imitation firearm or air weapon in public place (Group III), England and Wales, 2003 - 06( 1, 2, 3)
2003 2004 2005 2006

Proceeded against

168

440

749

619

Found guilty

129

360

659

514

Result

Committed for sentence

2

14

8

Absolute discharge

3

6

10

7

Conditional discharge

25

62

109

94

Fine

51

96

117

85

Community sentence

41

159

340

239

Fully suspended sentence

11

27

Immediate custody

5

29

48

46

Otherwise dealt with

4

6

10

8

Total

129

360

659

514

— = Nil. (1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (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 the courts and police forces. 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. (3 )Includes the following statute: Firearms Act 1968, section 19 as amended by Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, section 37(1)(b) and (d) and (2). Source: CJEA—OCJR (Office for Criminal Justice Reform)—Ministry of Justice Reform.

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions there were for selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years from (a) on premises and (b) off premises in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area. [197364]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 31 March 2008]: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for offences relating to the sale of alcohol to people under the age of 18 years in England and Wales by police force area can be viewed in the following table. It is not possible to differentiate between sales from on premises or off premises, neither is it possible to break down the Court Proceedings Database by local authority area.


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Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for selected alcohol offences, broken down by police force area, England and Wales, 2002 - 06( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Force 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Avon and Somerset

2

10

5

Bedfordshire

1

1

5

9

22

Cambridgeshire

1

7

21

Cheshire

3

5

15

5

6

Cleveland

1

1

8

12

7

Cumbria

1

6

1

Derbyshire

24

13

6

7

Devon and Cornwall

11

3

4

Dorset

8

3

7

Durham

2

Essex

2

7

8

10

Gloucestershire

1

5

10

Greater Manchester

28

87

135

92

112

Hampshire

3

7

8

Hertfordshire

6

1

35

Humberside

5

1

3

Kent

3

10

11

10

2

Lancashire

7

13

15

65

22

Leicestershire

9

11

4

15

31

Lincolnshire

11

3

1

1

Merseyside

6

27

9

11

16

Metropolitan Police

9

77

134

206

199

Norfolk

1

3

1

North Yorkshire

1

17

1

19

Northamptonshire

1

6

10

Northumbria

4

31

35

55

23

Nottinghamshire

2

9

29

South Yorkshire

8

9

Staffordshire

3

6

2

12

21

Suffolk

3

2

Surrey

2

2

8

11

17

Sussex

7

3

1

20

Thames Valley

4

9

5

14

Warwickshire

23

25

7

2

West Mercia

6

3

15

7

West Midlands

4

19

40

63

60

West Yorkshire

8

1

20

11

10

Wiltshire

1

3

3

9

6

Dyfed-Powys

1

5

11

4

15

Gwent

5

2

12

12

14

North Wales

1

5

4

10

4

South Wales

3

17

24

41

58

Total

105

419

608

772

854

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(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 the courts and police forces. 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.
(3) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:
Holder of occasional permission or his agent knowingly selling to,
knowingly allow consumption by or allowing any person to sell,
intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises.
Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 schedule (sec 3) para 4(1). Licensing Act 1964 sec 169(1).
Sale of alcohol to a person under 18
Licensing Act 2003 S.146(1)
Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18.
Licensing Act 1964 sec 181A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 sec 17.
Allow sale of alcohol to an individual under 18.
Licensing Act 2003 sec 147(1) and (5).
(4) The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.
Sources:
Court proceedings data held by RDS
Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Ministry of Justice

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