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Firearms: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were subject to legal proceedings arising from being in possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of alcohol in each of the last five years. (197073)

Data showing the number of persons proceeded against for being drunk when in possession of a loaded firearm in England and Wales from 2002 to 2006 have been provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and are given in the following table.

The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for being drunk when in possession of a loaded firearm, England and Wales, 2002 to 20061, 2

Number

2002

5

2003

10

2004

7

2005

5

2006

3

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.