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Environment Protection: Prosecutions

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions resulting in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences there were in each year since 1 May 1997 for offences related to (i) water resources, (ii) flood defences, (iii) fisheries, (iv) navigation, (v) process industry regulation, (vi) radioactive substances, (vii) waste and (viii) water quality as recorded in the national enforcement database. (137872)

The following table shows the number of convictions (1) and custodial sentences (2) for environmental offences recorded in the national enforcement database in each financial year from 1999-2000 to 2005-2006.

1999-20002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

Fisheries

5

0

34

0

21

0

50

0

31

0

43

0

78

0

Flood Defence

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

7

0

10

0

6

0

Industry

11

0

10

0

5

0

5

0

3

0

5

0

1

0

Regulation Navigation

5

0

4

0

8

0

26

0

34

0

31

0

32

0

Radioactive Substances

4

0

5

0

8

0

3

0

1

0

2

0

1

0

Waste

354

4

418

8

466

7

502

6

426

7

422

7

514

5

Water Quality

237

0

224

0

219

0

0

0

176

0

192

1

216

0

Water Resources

10

0

21

0

12

0

0

0

8

0

16

0

10

0