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Drugs: Belfast

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of possession and supply of illegal drugs in North Belfast in each of the last 10 years. (170496)

The following table shows the number of persons charged with possession and supply offences in North Belfast from 2002-03 until 2006-07. PSNI has advised that figures for persons charged in the years prior to 2002-03 are not readily accessible.

Number of persons charged with possession and supply of illegal drugs in North Belfast for the years 2002-07

Persons charged—possession offences

Persons charged—supply offences

Total number of persons charged1

2002-03

64

15

70

2003-04

69

13

75

2004-05

79

19

93

2005-06

98

14

103

2006-07

122

42

147

1 Persons can be charged for both a possession and a supply offence.

Figures detailing the number of persons charged and the number convicted are collected separately. It is not possible to reconcile charge based data from PSNI with prosecution and conviction data, since data on charges from PSNI relate to the number of offences, whereas data on prosecutions and convictions relate to the number of offenders brought before the courts.

The following table shows the number of persons convicted of possession and supply offences in North Belfast from 2000-05. Prior to this, prosecution and conviction data were based on the police division to which an offence was reported, and are therefore not directly comparable.

Number of persons convicted of possession and supply of illegal drugs in North Belfast for the years 2000-05

Persons convicted of possession of illegal drugs

Persons convicted of supply1 of illegal drugs

Persons convicted of possession with intent to supply illegal drugs

2000

37

2

29

2001

26

0

10

2002

27

3

13

2003

44

2

11

2004

37

0

6

2005

46

0

5

1 Includes being concerned in supply/offering to supply a controlled drug.