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|Number of offenders cautioned( 1) for offences under Sections 1 and 5 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, England and Wales, broken down by force( 2) , 2004( 3) to 2007( 4,5)|
|(1) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.|
(2) A force not listed in the table means nil data.
(3) The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on 1 May 2004-data in the table start from that date.
(4) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.
(5) 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. 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 Unit-Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it took to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check undertaken (a) by Lancashire constabulary and (b) nationwide in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Meg Hillier: Data concerning the average time taken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to complete a Disclosure by police force area and the average length of time for the completion of CRB clearance once police have been asked to provide this information are not collated by the Bureau.
The CRB operates to a set of published service standards (PSS) which include to issue 95 per cent. of Standard Disclosures within 10 days and 90 per cent. of Enhanced Disclosures within 28 days. Average figures do not give an accurate indication of performance, since any forces' performance can be affected by a number of factors; the volume of cases sent to a force to process in any given month, the number of staff available to process the checks and the IT resources on hand to forces. With these variables, performance can fluctuate within individual forces from one month to the next.
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