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Security Guards: Prosecutions

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1301-02W, on the Security Industry Act 2001: Prosecutions, if he will break down the figures for Wales on a sub-regional basis. (241569)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, in Wales, broken down by police force area, 2004 to 2006, can be viewed in the following table.

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform cannot be broken down further on a sub regional basis within any part of England and Wales. Police force area data have therefore been provided.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one 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.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, in Wales, broken down by police force area, 20041 to 20062,3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Police force area

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

Dyfed-Powys

1

3

1

3

Gwent

12

27

12

12

North Wales

11

7

South Wales

54

30

19

20

Wales

1

66

71

1

31

42

1 Licensing under the Private Security Industry Act commenced, on a phased basis, in 2004; as a result there is no data from 2001 to 2003.

2 These data are on the principal offence basis.

3 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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit