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Crime: Computers

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for fraud committed against British victims on internet auction websites and online marketplaces in each of the last three years; (226674)

(2) how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for illegal file sharing of copyrighted music or video via the internet in each of the last three years;

(3) how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions were made for selling counterfeit DVDs in each of the last three years.

[holding answer 13 October 2008]: The information requested is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, such as violence against the person and robbery. It is not possible to identify specific offences, or the individual circumstances of offences from within the main offence groups. The offence of selling counterfeit DVDs is not a notifiable offence and does not form a part of the arrests collection.

Although data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on prosecutions and convictions do contain information on the statute under which individuals are prosecuted, such as the Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and the Computer Misuse Act 1990, the data available do not provide information on victims, nor the particulars of each case for example whether a prosecution was for illegal file sharing or another action covered by the statute.