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Anabolic Steroids: Crime

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) arrested, (c) charged and (d) convicted of (i) possession of and (ii) supplying anabolic steroids in the United Kingdom in each year since 1997. (165942)

The available information has been supplied by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Information on the number of people cautioned, proceeded against and convicted of possession and supplying anabolic steroids in England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2005 is given in tables 1 and 2. Data for 2006 will be available in late November of 2007.

Information on charging is not held centrally, but proceeded against data has been provided in the following table.

The arrests collection undertaken by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform only provides data on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by age group, gender, ethnicity, and main offence group, i.e. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, drugs offences etc. More detailed data about specific offences do not form part of this collection.

The Scottish Executive have advised that the information requested is not held centrally.

The Northern Ireland Office advises that data relating to the ‘offence of supplying anabolic steroids’ are not available. It is only possible to provide prosecution, conviction and sentencing information relating to Class C drugs which includes tranquilisers and other drugs.

Number of persons cautioned for offences under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Sections 4(3)(a), 4(3)(b), 4(3)(c), 5(2), and 5(3), for the years 1997 to 2005 in England and Wales1, 2, 3

Offence description

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (or being concerned in):-S.4(3) [Class ‘C’ Drug]-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug-Anabolic steroids

1997

3

14

1998

1

18

1999

1

8

2000

7

2001

1

4

2002

4

2003

1

3

2004

2

2

12

2005

1

2

18

— Nil

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 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 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS-OCJR, Ministry of Justice

Our reference: PQ 165942 (Table 1)

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts for offences under The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Sections 4(3)(a), 4(3)(b), 4(3)(c), 5(2), and 5(3), for the years 1997 to 2005 in England and Wales1, 2, 3

Offence description

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (or being concerned in):-5.4(3) [Class ‘C’ Drug]-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug-Anabolic steroids

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (or being concerned in): S4(3) [Class ‘C’ Drug]-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply-Anabolic steroids

Having possession of a controlled drug-Anabolic steroids

1997

3

9

4

2

1

1

1998

1

2

2

1

1

0

1999

1

2

5

1

1

3

2000

1

0

4

0

0

2

2001

2

1

256

3

0

240

2002

0

1

402

2

2

368

2003

9

4

341

3

2

321

2004

3

6

92

3

6

74

2005

3

5

14

4

5

8

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 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.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS-OCJR, Ministry of Justice

Our reference: PQ 165942 (Table 2)