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Crime: Lancashire

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink-driving offences were committed within Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. (124879)

Available information on the number of convictions at all courts and those dealt with by written warning, taken from the annual Home Office publication "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales Supplementary tables", for the Lancashire police force area, from 1995 to 2004 (latest available) are given in the table.

2005 data will be available later this year.

The number of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs1 offences found guilty at all courts or dealt with by written warning within the Lancashire police force area, 1995-2004

Number of offences

Total findings of guilt at all courts

Written Warnings

Total

1995

2,828

8

2,836

1996

3,211

4

3,215

1997

3,389

5

3,394

1998

2,949

2

2,949

1999

3,010

2

3,010

2000

2,584

2

2,584

2001

2,304

2

2,304

2002

2,599

2

2,599

2003

2,652

1

2,653

2004

2,706

1

2,707

1 Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988. 2 Equals nil 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.