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Stop and Search

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were recorded as being searched under the powers of stop and search in each of the last five years; and of those, how many were subsequently arrested for carrying (a) knives and (b) firearms in (i) England, (ii) London, (iii) the North East, (iv) Tees Valley district and (v) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (205760)

The available information held by the Ministry of Justice is given in the following table. Data collected centrally are available at police force level only.

Total searches of persons under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and other legislation1, section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and sections 44(1) & 44(2) of the Terrorism Act 2000, and resultant arrests, by area, from 2001-02 to 2005-06

England

London2

North East Region3

Total searches of persons

Arrests for offensive weapons

Arrests for firearms

Total searches of persons

Arrests for offensive weapons

Arrests for firearms

Total searches of persons

Arrests for offensive weapons

Arrests for firearms

2001-02

694,947

7,956

869

213,534

3,539

374

75,365

403

24

2002-03

886,510

9,207

996

293,904

3,621

394

74,958

431

43

2003-04

765,183

8,019

876

259,739

2,721

270

38,029

471

31

2004-05

881,057

9,344

1,382

274,883

2,679

348

48,980

875

43

2005-06

915,584

9,515

1,336

323,444

3,487

462

51,224

655

43

1 Total searches includes searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Firearms Act 1968; also included are: other legislation which relates to searches under other powers, such as under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 s15 (which since 19 February 2001 has been replaced by section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000); various poaching and wildlife conservation legislation; the Aviation Security Act 1982, s27(1); the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, s163 and 164; and the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc) Act 1985.

2 Includes City of London and Metropolitan police.

3 Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria.

Note:

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 police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.