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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted for offences related to purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1998. [314994]

Alan Johnson: The number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences related to purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years, England and Wales 1998 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the table. A penalty notice for disorder can also be issued for offences related to purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years and are also given in the table.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned to be published in autumn 2010.

Number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder and found guilty at all courts for offences related to purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in England and Wales, from 1998 to 2008( 1,2,3)
Offences

1998 1999 2000( 4) 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008( 5)

Buying alcohol on behalf of a person under 18

Penalty Notices for Disorder(6)

*

*

*

*

*

*

84

253

467

619

574

Convictions

1

3

2

10

18

18

30

24

26

18

28

"*" = Not applicable.
(1) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences 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.
(2) Includes the following offences and statutes:
Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18.
Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar.
(Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(3).
Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(3)).
Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18.
(Licensing Act 2003 S149(3,4,7b))
(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.
(4) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
(5) Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.
(6) The penalty notice for disorder scheme was implemented in all 43 police forces in England and Wales in 2004.
Source:
Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Assaults on Police

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have received (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight injuries in the course of a crime involving a (i) gun and (ii) knife in each year since 1997. [317765]

Alan Johnson: The latest chapter on offences involving firearms in England and Wales was published on 21 January 2010 and available at:

Text table 2c of the chapter shows offences recorded by the police in which a police officer on duty was injured by a firearm (excluding air weapons) resulting in fatal, serious or slight injury between 1998-99 and 2008-09. This is reproduced in Table A, and extended to include offences recorded in 1997-98.

It is not possible to provide data on offences involving knives in which a police officer has been slightly or seriously injured. The knife crime database covers only the most serious offences and does not hold information on severity of injury or the occupation of victims.

Available information on knife crimes resulting in fatal injury is taken from the Homicide Index and relates to currently recorded homicides in England and Wales where the victim was an on-duty police officer and the method of killing was sharp instrument. The data in Table B are as at 24 November 2009 and are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.


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Table A: Offences recorded by the police in England and Wales in which a police officer on duty was injured by a firearm, excluding air weapons, 1997-98 to 2008-09

Total Fatal injury Serious injury( 1) Slight injury

1997-98

6

-

3

3

1998-99

11

-

-

11

1999-2000

10

-

-

10

2000-01

7

-

5

2

2001-02

10

-

-

10

2002-03

12

-

1

11

2003-04

14

1

3

10

2004-05

23

-

2

21

2005-06

23

1

6

16

2006-07

21

-

3

18

2007-08

24

1

3

20

2008-09

9

-

1

8

(1) A serious injury is one which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds.

Table B: Currently recorded homicides( 1) where the victim was a police officer killed in the course of duty and method of killing was sharp instrument( 2) : England and Wales, 1997-98 to 2008-09( 3)
Year( 3) Number

1997-98

-

1998-99

-

1999-2000

-

2000-01

-

2001-02

-

2002-03

-

2003-04

-

2004-05

1

2005-06

-

2006-07

-

2007-08

1

2008-09

-

(1) As at 24 November 2009; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.
(2) Includes knives and other sharp instruments.
(3) Offences are shown according to the year in which they were initially recorded as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.
Source:
Homicide Index (Home Office)

Bigamy

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of bigamy have been recorded in each year since 1998; and how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of an offence related to bigamy in each police force area in each of those years. [314814]

Alan Johnson: The Home Office has responsibility for the police recorded crime statistics and figures for the number of offences of bigamy recorded by the police are given in Tables l and 2.

Court proceedings statistics are collected by the Ministry of Justice. Information showing the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for bigamy in England and Wales from 1998 to 2008 are given in Tables 3 and 4.

The police recorded crime data are based on the number of offences recorded in each financial year. Court proceedings data are based on the number of offenders. These data are published on a calendar year basis and are counts of persons classified by their principal offence. For these reasons the two datasets are not directly comparable.


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Table 1: Offences of bigamy recorded by the police, 1998-99 to 2001-02( 1,2)
Number of offences
Police force area 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

Avon and Somerset

6

4

4

0

Bedfordshire

0

2

0

0

Cambridgeshire

2

0

2

0

Cheshire

1

1

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

1

Cumbria

2

0

0

1

Derbyshire

3

1

4

0

Devon and Cornwall

1

0

3

2

Dorset

0

0

1

3

Durham

0

0

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

0

0

0

0

Essex

1

2

0

0

Gloucestershire

1

0

0

2

Greater Manchester

4

0

5

2

Gwent

3

0

1

2

Hampshire

2

2

3

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

1

1

Humberside

1

0

1

0

Kent

2

3

2

2

Lancashire

2

0

1

1

Leicestershire

1

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

1

0

1

0

London, City of

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

3

1

2

1

Metropolitan Police

62

41

33

39

Norfolk

0

0

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

1

2

Northumbria

0

2

0

1

North Wales

1

1

0

2

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

1

1

South Wales

2

1

1

0

South Yorkshire

0

1

1

0

Staffordshire

1

2

1

0

Suffolk

2

2

0

1

Surrey

2

0

2

1

Sussex

7

2

4

3

Thames Valley

1

5

1

1

Warwickshire

0

1

0

0

West Mercia

4

1

1

0

West Midlands

4

4

2

2

West Yorkshire

7

3

1

3

Wiltshire

0

1

0

0

England and Wales

129

83

80

74

(1) The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.
(2) The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002.
Note:
These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

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