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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females in each court service area aged between (i) 10 and 12, (ii) 13 and 16 and (iii) 17 and 18 years old were (A) proceeded against, (B) found guilty and (C) sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol-related offences in 2008. 
Mr. Hanson: Information showing the number of males and females prosecuted at magistrates courts, convicted at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol related offences, England and Wales 2008 (latest available) broken down by police force area, can be viewed in Table l and Table 2.
|Table 1: Number of males prosecuted at the magistrates court, convicted at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol related offences, by age group and police force area, England and Wales, 2008( 1, 2, 3, 4)|
|Aged 10-12||Aged 13-16||Aged 17-18|
|Proceeded against||Found guilty||Sentenced to immediate custody||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Sentenced to immediate custody||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Sentenced to immediate custody|
|(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) Alcohol-related offences for which cautions have been issued;
(a) Drunkenness simple.
(b) Drunkenness with aggravation.
(c) Offences by licenced person.
(d) Other offences against intoxicating liquor laws.
(e) Driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.
(f) Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.
(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 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) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.
Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice Ref: IOS 173-10
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