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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for possession of cannabis in the last 12 months. [112143]

Information on arrests for specific (a) types of drug offence and (b) specific types of drugs is not collated centrally. However, the number of people apprehended or summonsed by the police in England and Wales in 2000 for unlawful possession of cannabis is 39,121. This is the latest figure available at the current time, and is from the Home Office Court Appearances Database.