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Table 2: Proceedings at magistrates courts, findings of guilt at all courts, sentenced to immediate custody, by gender, for all persons for 'driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs', England and Wales 1997 to 2007( 1,2)
Number of offences
Offence type: Driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs
All ages
Male Female

Proceeded against Findings of guilt Immediate custody Proceeded against Findings of guilt Immediate custody

1997

102,808

91,803

7,090

9,371

8,426

171

1998

94,636

84,604

6,757

9,406

8,509

171

1999

90,247

80,954

6,701

9,252

8,409

175

2000

86,778

77,373

6,421

9,382

8,457

154

2001

86,533

76,346

6,442

9,448

8,402

179

2002

91,407

80,971

6,231

10,618

9,512

144

2003

94,435

83,589

6,136

11,236

10,112

172

2004

95,179

85,475

5,863

11,912

10,765

196

2005

91,592

82,870

5,207

11,890

10,849

165

2006

89,145

81,376

4,273

12,278

11,295

126

2007

84,345

77,529

3,780

12,627

11,694

129

(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 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.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform-Evidence and Analysis unit, Ministry of Justice

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Drugs: Convictions

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of offences relating to the (a) possession and (b) supply of (i) cannabis and (ii) ecstasy in each year since 1997; and how many such people received (A) a custodial sentence and (B) the maximum sentence in each such year. [286044]

Claire Ward: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for the possession and supply of cannabis and ecstasy (methylenedioxymethamphetamine- MDMA), those sentenced to a custodial sentence and those receiving the maximum sentence, in England and Wales, from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following tables.

The statistics given relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. For example, 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.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn 2009.


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Number of defendants found guilty at all courts and sentenced to immediate custody for possession and supply of cannabis and ecstasy in England and Wales, 1997 to 2007( 1, 2, 3)
1997 1998 1999
Sentenced to: Sentenced to: Sentenced to:

Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody

Having possession of a controlled drug: MDMA

1,048

62

0

753

51

0

1,262

69

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: MDMA

544

410

0

304

217

0

451

338

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) MDMA

310

228

0

246

179

0

231

173

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: Cannabis and cannabis resin

17,275

268

1

22,643

410

1

22,623

451

1

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: Cannabis and cannabis resin

2,499

1,129

0

2,648

1,284

0

2,246

1,112

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): Cannabis and cannabis

1,414

650

1

1,442

656

0

1,168

573

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: MDMA

1,048

62

0

753

51

0

1,262

69

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: MDMA

544

410

0

304

217

0

451

338

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) MDMA

310

228

0

246

179

0

231

173

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: Cannabis and cannabis resin

17,275

268

1

22,643

410

1

22,623

451

1

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: Cannabis and cannabis resin

2,499

1,129

0

2,648

1,284

0

2,246

1,112

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): Cannabis and cannabis resin

1,414

650

1

1,442

656

0

1,168

573

0


2000 2001 2002
Sentenced to: Sentenced to: Sentenced to:

Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody Found guilty Immediate custody Maximum custody

Having possession of a controlled drug: MDMA

1,955

108

0

2,493

151

0

2,165

100

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: MDMA

736

520

0

960

690

0

830

578

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) MDMA

327

234

0

376

252

0

365

216

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: Cannabis and cannabis resin

20,602

361

0

20,752

290

1

23,655

241

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: Cannabis and cannabis resin

1,802

808

0

1,358

618

0

1,388

547

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): Cannabis and cannabis

842

405

0

613

265

0

592

258

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: MDMA

1,955

108

0

2,493

151

0

2,165

100

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: MDMA

736

520

0

960

690

0

830

578

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in) MDMA

327

234

0

376

252

0

365

216

0

Having possession of a controlled drug: Cannabis and cannabis resin

20,602

361

0

20,752

290

1

23,655

241

0

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply: Cannabis and cannabis resin

1,802

808

0

1,358

618

0

1,388

547

0

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): Cannabis and cannabis resin

842

405

0

613

265

0

592

258

0


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