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Speeding

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of speeding offences in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) the Ribble Valley in each of the last five years. (116115)

Available information on the number of convictions for offences of speeding taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, from 2000 to 2004 (latest available) is in the table.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Data are not available at either local authority or constituency level.

Total findings of guilt at all courts: England and within Lancashire police force area for speeding offences1, 2000 to 2004

Number of offences

England

Lancashire police force area

2000

130,876

5,268

2001

127,647

4,468

2002

115,875

3,895

2003

128,517

6,862

2004

130,803

5,078

1 Offence under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88 7 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regs. 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926—byelaws made thereunder.

Notes:

1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is underway to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.

2. 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 these data are used.