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Alcoholic Drinks: Public Order Offences

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for being drunk and disorderly in a public place in each of the last two years. (191315)

The number of cautions and penalty notices for disorder issued, along with the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, for drunk and disorderly offences in England and Wales for the years 2005 and 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.

Table 1: The number of cautions issued and the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, for drunk and disorderly offences in England and Wales for the years 2005 and 20061,3,4

Proceeded against

Caution2

2005

17,734

8,263

2006

17,313

5,477

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 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. Reprimands and final warnings are included in the above data.

3 Data includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12: Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises.

Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91: Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour.

4 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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Ministry of Justice

Table 2: The number of penalty notices for disorder issued for the offences Drunk and disorderly, and Drunk in a highway in England and Wales for the years 2005 and 20061,2,3

Drunk and disorderly

Drunk in a highway

2005

37,038

3,138

2006

43,556

2,712

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12: Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises.

Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91: Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour.

3 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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice