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Prosecutions: Crack

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons have been (a) prosecuted and (b) sentenced for offences relating to the dealing of crack cocaine in each of the last 10 years in (i) England, (ii) the north-east and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (166599)

Data showing the number of defendants prosecuted and sentenced for offences relating to the dealing of cocaine in England, the north-east and Cleveland police force area from 1996 to 2005 are shown in the following table. My Department are not able to provide data for the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency as the data are not held at the required level. Data for 2006 will be available shortly.

Number of defendants proceeded against and sentenced to selected offences relating to cocaine, in England, the North East and Cleveland police force area, 1996 to 20051,2,3,4,5

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

England

Proceeded against

568

717

805

965

1,027

1,357

1,482

1,584

1,579

1,823

Sentenced

351

404

516

627

573

701

868

1,097

1,197

1,323

North-east region

Proceeded against

23

27

19

69

51

57

81

73

69

100

Sentenced

10

11

17

27

36

33

45

66

66

78

Cleveland police force area

Proceeded against

11

6

6

34

33

35

60

36

19

35

Sentenced

2

3

1

11

10

19

16

38

28

36

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

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 those data are used.

3 The sentenced column may exceed those proceeded against, as it may be the case that a defendant found guilty and committed for sentence at the crown court may be sentenced in the following year.

4 The following offences have been used in the table:

(a) Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug, (or being concerned in): Cocaine. (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec 4(3) [Class 'A1 Drug].

(b) Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply:-Cocaine. (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec 5(3) [Class 'A1 Drug].

5 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates' courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.