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Drugs: Convictions

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions, (c) convictions and (d) cautions of (i) men and (ii) women in each police force area for drug offences relating to each type of drug there were in each year since 1997. [321902]

Claire Ward: The number of offenders cautioned, defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts by drug class, sex and police force area, 1997 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in tables 1 and 2 that have been placed in the House Library.


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Court data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person, robbery and drug offences.


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Data on arrests for drug offences from 1999-2000 (previous data unavailable) to 2007-08 (latest available) are provided in tables 3 and 4 as follows. It is not possible from these centrally reported data, to identify the specific drugs involved in the arrests.

Table 3: Number of males arrested for drug offences by sex and police force area, England and Wales, 1999-2000 to 2007-08
Males
Force name 1999-2000( 1) 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Avon and Somerset

1,436

1,735

1,698

1,670

1,433

1,231

1,229

1,444

1,892

Bedfordshire

892

775

850

789

695

550

526

471

652

Cambridgeshire

725

619

694

585

543

439

581

751

910

Cheshire

1,415

1,250

1,166

1,288

873

846

584

661

828

Cleveland

1,242

1,043

1,468

1,499

1,383

n/a

1,138

878

920

Cumbria

1,103

761

755

861

785

770

764

767

717

Derbyshire

1,180

1,020

1,046

1,214

1,288

1,095

810

691

861

Devon and Cornwall

2,059

1,903

2,456

2,478

2,250

1,554

1,602

1,544

1,806

Dorset

1,111

948

1,036

946

910

820

839

899

908

Durham

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

868

797

918

695

648

Essex

1,704

1,833

1,438

1,625

1,399

959

877

966

1,992

Gloucestershire

904

903

893

890

794

542

538

459

681

Greater Manchester

4,169

3,992

3,703

4,481

4,413

3,502

3,517

3,734

4,597

Hampshire

3,392

2,695

2,668

2,628

2,587

2,061

1,979

1,559

2,077

Hertfordshire

946

1,106

1,015

1,053

1,125

1,216

1,335

1,383

1,794

Humberside

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,200

984

870

999

1,083

Kent

2,663

2,072

2,077

2,144

1,772

1,343

1,658

1,709

2,393

Lancashire

2,881

2,812

2,898

3,616

3,165

2,927

2,955

2,867

3,742

Leicestershire

1,200

1,120

1,396

1,624

1,158

940

897

835

891

Lincolnshire

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

238

776

717

London, City of

n/a

n/a

440

640

577

279

341

374

409

Merseyside

4,990

4,741

4,675

6,650

6,275

4,231

4,100

3,502

6,164

Metropolitan Police

22,807

20,348

21,417

25,823

21,771

14,489

16,342

17,598

20,505

Norfolk

1,201

899

881

905

921

812

709

782

1,008

Northamptonshire

670

603

545

507

439

589

561

538

538

Northumbria

4,044

4,153

4,642

5,103

4,609

3,723

3,882

3,852

3,142

North Yorkshire

1,295

1,132

1,359

1,470

1,471

n/a

n/a

842

994

Nottinghamshire

1,363

1,621

1,481

1,604

1,824

1,284

n/a

1,670

2,148

South Yorkshire

2,984

2,935

2,797

2,895

2,327

1,649

1,623

1,742

2,083

Staffordshire

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,378

1,119

931

1,336

1,539

Suffolk

858

695

633

752

813

664

712

704

589

Surrey

1,059

1,354

1,374

1,306

1,015

835

889

799

1,108

Sussex

327

1,481

1,892

2,003

1,717

1,271

1,610

1,488

1,868

Thames Valley

3,305

3,033

3,192

3,257

3,232

3,910

4,299

4,275

4,160

Warwickshire

605

413

462

457

477

334

316

342

307

West Mercia

1,488

1,263

1,166

1,069

1,090

905

1,009

972

960

West Midlands

n/a

n/a

n/a

6,209

5,716

3,102

3,614

3,410

4,342

West Yorkshire

4,353

3,954

3,574

4,393

3,958

3,273

3,839

3,701

3,345

Wiltshire

648

601

576

473

516

326

374

344

324

Dyfed Powys

n/a

1,376

2,343

2,681

2,031

1,176

1,323

1,138

1,126

Gwent

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,534

1,250

556

643

755

733

North Wales

1,265

1,089

1,106

1,560

1,854

1,006

776

1,242

1,306

South Wales

556

2,609

3,075

2,931

2,386

1,307

1,802

1,797

2,035

England and Wales(1)

105,400

97,400

101,500

114,700

97,800

72,500

76,300

77,291

90,842

n/a = Data not available
(1) Figures for England and Wales from 1999-2000 to 2005-06 are estimated to take account of missing data for some forces, additionally, data for 1999-2000 is of lower quality than subsequent years due to it being the first year data on arrests were collected.

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