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Public Service: Misconduct

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the last conviction for misconduct in public office took place; and how many such convictions took place in each of the last 10 years. (196651)

The available information held by my Department on defendants found guilty of misconduct in public office, from 1996 to 2006, is provided in the following table.

Number of defendants found guilty of misconduct in public office, England and Wales 1996-20061,2

Found guilty

1996

1997

1998

1999

2

2000

2

2001

1

2002

2

2003

3

2004

10

2005

3

2006

12

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.

Data for 2007 will be available in November 2008.