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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions and (b) arrests were imposed for alcohol-related offences in (i) Hertfordshire and (ii) Hemel Hempstead in the last eight quarters for which records are available. (231935)

The information requested in respect of cautions covering the offences of (a) Drunkenness, (b) Drunkenness with aggravation, (c) Offences against the licensing acts, (d) other offences against intoxicating laws, and (e) selected motoring offences, is provided in the table. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is unable to provide data for Hemel Hempstead as data are not collected at the level required.

The information requested on arrests 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, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. The alcohol related offences presented in the table are not notifiable offences and do not form part of the arrests collection.

From data reported to the Ministry of Justice, with the exception of these offences, it is not possible to separately identify whether cautions or arrests for other offences were alcohol related.

Number of offenders cautioned1 for alcohol related offences2 and issued with Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs)3 in the Hertfordshire police force area, broken down by quarter, 2005 to 20064,5





























1 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. These figures have been included in the totals.

2 Includes offences of:

(a) Drunkenness simple.

(b) Drunkenness with aggravation simple.

(c) Offences by licensed person.

(d) Other offences against intoxicating liquor laws.

(e) Driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

3 Includes all alcohol related penalty notices for disorder:

Drunk and disorderly

Selling alcohol to person under 18

Selling alcohol to a person who is drunk

Supplying alcohol to a person under 18

Purchasing alcohol for person under 18 in licensed premises

Purchasing alcohol for person under 18 for consumption in a bar in licensed premises

Delivering alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery

Being drunk in a highway, other public place or licensed premises

Consuming alcohol in designated public place

Consuming alcohol by person under 18 in licensed premises

Allowing consumption of alcohol by person under 18 in licensed premises

Purchase of alcohol by a person under 18

4 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

5 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.