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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many repeat offenders for possession of cannabis were arrested in each year between 2002 and 2005. (91674)

The information requested is not available centrally. Information on arrests held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is based on persons arrested for recorded crime “notifiable offences” by age group, gender, ethnicity and main offence group (i.e. drugs, robbery, theft and handling stolen goods, violence against the person, burglary etc.) only. It does not include information on previous offending. Information is therefore not available to the detail required.

Previous offending is, however, taken into account locally by police officers in deciding whether to issue a caution, reprimand or final warning, or refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service.