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James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to publishing information on drugs seizures below the national level. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The Home Office does currently collect and publish information on drug seizures below the national level. For information, the latest bulletin Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2006-07 was published on 30 October 2008. Alongside this publication, additional tables were published which include data specific to police force area and Government office region. The publication and the tables are available at:
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of (a) methamphetamine, (b) cannabis and (c) heroin have been made by (i) police and (ii) HM Customs in each year since 1997; and what quantity was seized in each year. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: The available data are given in the following table.
Seizures for methamphetamine are included within the classification 'Other Class A' (injection) and 'Other Class B' (non-injection) in publications. These seizures cannot be extracted from these classifications prior to the most recently published year, 2006-07.
|Table 1: Number and quantity1 of seizures made by Police and HM Revenue and Customs, by drug type and year: England and Wales|
|Number and quantity of seizures|
|Drug type||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006-07( 2)|
|(1) Drugs can be seized in a variety of forms or preparation types. In this table, quantities of drugs have been converted to weights (kg) or plants. In order to convert seizures to comparable units, conversion factors are applied to estimate the overall quantity for that drug. New conversion factors were introduced in 2005, in consultation with the Forensic Science Service.|
(2) Reporting of drug seizures have been moved to a financial year basis from 2006-07 to be comparable with other crime publications
(3) Seizures of methamphetamine are included in Other Class A (injection) or Other Class B (non-injection) in published tables. Methamphetamine seizures cannot be extracted from these classifications prior to 2006-07.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of those accused of (a) possession of and (b) dealing in cannabis were (i) found not guilty, (ii) fined and (iii) imprisoned in each year since 2006. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against, found not guilty, fined and imprisoned (and respective percentage rates of the number proceeded against) for possession and dealing in cannabis in England and Wales 1997 to 2006 are in the following table.
Information on the number accused is not held by my Department, proceeded against data have been supplied in lieu.
Data for 2007 will be available at the end of November 2008.
The statistics 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 principal offence is the offence 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.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found not guilty, fined and imprisoned at all courts for possession and dealing( 1) in cannabis, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006( 2,3)|
|Found not guilty||Fined||Immediate custody|
|Proceeded against||Number||Percentage of those proceeded against||Number||Percentage of those proceeded against||Number||Percentage of those proceeded against|
|(1) Includes supply and possession with intent to supply|
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
Evidence and Analysis UnitOffice for Criminal Justice ReformMinistry of Justice IOS 554-08
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