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Arrests: Hunting

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted for offences under the Hunting Act 2005, broken down by police force area. (162404)

The arrests collection held by my Department provides data on persons arrested only for recorded crime (notifiable offences). Summary offences under the Hunting Act 2004 are not included within this category.

Data on the number of offenders charged are not held by my department; however I can confirm there were three defendants proceeded against under the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, all of whom were found guilty. Of these, two were prosecuted in Thames Valley and one in Merseyside police force area.

Data for 2006 will be available from the 29 November 2007.