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Drugs: Crime

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal drugs of each classification level in each of the last 10 years; and how many such people received (i) a custodial sentence and (ii) the maximum possible sentence in each case. (232145)

The requested information is contained in the following tables. The maximum sentence is available for the most serious possible case of a particular crime. The average sentence for an offence will, rightly, fall well below the maximum.

Number of persons convicted1 for possessing or supplying illegal drugs by class, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006

Number of persons

Offence description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Possession Class A

6,485

8,167

9,720

10,439

11,548

11.417

10,985

10,737

10,728

11,469

Possession Class B

20,910

27,359

26,687

23,210

22,960

26,139

28,093

8,568

4,362

3,836

Possession Class C

145

187

159

117

371

533

515

8,304

12,170

12,688

Supplying Class A

3,632

3,634

4,098

4,528

5,158

5,253

5,679

5,821

5,975

5,721

Supplying Class B

5,201

5,571

4,484

3,323

2,315

2,346

2,394

1,638

722

568

Supplying Class C

110

97

94

56

57

61

73

832

1,806

2,048

1 These data are on the principle offence basis.

Source:

OCJR E and A

Number of persons given a custodial sentence1 for possessing or supplying illegal drugs by class, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006

Number of persons

Offence description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Possessing class A

548

816

966

1,000

1.109

988

907

788

796

796

Possessing class B

395

624

634

460

372

316

370

174

122

112

Possessing class C

13

12

9

6

11

16

7

82

140

175

Supply class A

2,863

2,807

3,320

3,631

4,031

4,064

4,415

4,551

4,203

4,056

Supply class B

643

729

510

349

177

174

201

202

180

170

Supply class C

684

692

610

431

296

279

241

326

643

700

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

Number of persons given maximum available sentence1 for possessing or supplying illegal drugs by class, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006

Number of persons

Offence description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Possessing class A

1

1

2

3

3

4

8

Possessing class B

1

1

1

1

Possessing class C

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Supply class A

1

1

1

Supply class B

1

Supply class C

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services