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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many journalists have been arrested under counter-terrorism legislation for taking photographs since 2000; and whether any such journalists have been prosecuted. 
Mr. Hanson: The Home Office collates statistics showing the number of individuals convicted of offences related to terrorism. These were included in a bulletin published on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008), and subsequently on 26 November 2009 (Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches Great Britain 2008-09).
These statistics, however, do not include details on the number of journalists that have been arrested and prosecuted for taking photographs under Counter Terrorism legislation since 2000. The Home Office does not hold these statistics.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Twickenham of 16 October 2009, Official Report, column 1175W, on crime, what the equivalent figures are for each year from 1998-99 to 2001-02. 
Alan Johnson: The available information is given in the table. The offence groups used are those in place at the time the data were published. The offence of indecent exposure was included in the 'Other' offences rather than, as now, in the sexual offences group . There have also been changes with respect to two other rarer offences (bigamy and concealing an infant death close to birth). Figures are given for the old offence group of 'Theft and handling stolen goods' which is now split into 'Offences against vehicles' and 'Other theft'.
In addition, the National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Because of this and the differences referred to above, the data given in the table are not directly comparable with those provided in the answer on 16 October 2009.
|Percentage of offences resulting in a specific method of detection by offence group( 1)|
|Percentage of offences recorded resulting in:|
|Offence group and financial year||Charge or summons||Caution||Penalty notice for disorder||Offence taken into consideration|
|n-a = not available. Penalty notices for disorder were only introduced in August 2002.|
(1) Estimated based on returns from 42 police forces.
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