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Arrest Warrants

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many outstanding warrants have been issued for category (a) A, (b) B and (c) C offences to individuals whom the police cannot trace in each police authority in each of the last three years. (228969)

All failure to appear (FTA) warrants count as outstanding from the moment they are received from the courts until the time they are either executed or withdrawn. The following table sets out the number of outstanding FTA warrants as at 31 March for each of the last three financial years. This information is published on CJSonline.

Areas have only been required to provide a breakdown of this figure by category A, B and C since the 2007-08 financial year, therefore this information is available for 31 March 2008 only. These data have previously only been made available to practitioners and have not been validated in the same way as the data published on CJSonline.

It is not possible to tell from centrally collected data how long each of these warrants has been outstanding. However police forces keep outstanding FTA warrants under regular review to ensure that all possible steps are taken to execute these warrants as quickly as possible.

FTA warrants outstandingNumber of FTA warrants outstanding by category as at 31 March 2008

CJS areas

31 March 2006

31 March 2007

31 March 2008

A

B

C

Avon and Somerset

1,347

1,161

918

134

294

490

Bedfordshire

496

508

319

40

128

151

Cambridgeshire

548

438

388

88

147

153

Cheshire

305

311

257

13

179

65

Cleveland

267

225

195

40

95

60

Cumbria

l09

105

117

23

68

26

Derbyshire

270

300

257

101

106

50

Devon and Cornwall

430

303

257

70

136

51

Dorset

510

416

318

91

155

72

County Durham and Darlington

159

149

120

4

80

36

Dyfed-Powys

177

143

127

10

59

58

Essex

915

995

799

84

384

331

Gloucestershire

245

200

166

26

97

43

Greater Manchester

3,671

2,475

1,835

170

608

1,057

Gwent

282

243

181

28

60

93

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

926

788

641

69

412

160

Hertfordshire

427

364

343

41

196

106

Humberside

312

244

214

19

75

120

Kent

759

675

557

79

279

199

Lancashire

988

896

749

72

335

342

Leicestershire

886

659

513

93

207

213

Lincolnshire

783

718

552

126

136

290

London

9,779

7,278

6,040

1,149

3,650

1,241

Merseyside

1,730

1,109

784

222

316

246

Norfolk

387

425

275

16

101

158

North Wales

213

143

128

28

83

17

North Yorkshire

213

147

129

38

39

52

Northamptonshire

266

258

244

19

192

33

Northumbria

740

685

576

56

270

250

Nottinghamshire

624

598

510

120

253

137

South Wales

911

1,018

890

91

303

496

South Yorkshire

691

432

330

n/a

n/a

n/a

Staffordshire

552

489

327

40

240

47

Suffolk

527

424

373

48

140

142

Surrey

260

250

223

33

158

32

Sussex

734

639

556

106

351

99

Thames Valley

1,811

1,462

1,204

126

646

432

Warwickshire

154

147

159

38

81

40

West Mercia

577

546

354

39

214

101

West Midlands

1,828

1,545

1,091

202

507

382

West Yorkshire

992

802

886

225

357

304

Wiltshire

138

166

137

2

117

18