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Drugs: Statistics

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the announcement on her Department’s Research, Development and Statistics website, why the National Statistics bulletin Drug Offenders England and Wales is being withdrawn with immediate effect. (250467)

The decision to withdraw this bulletin has been made for several reasons.

Responsibility for offender statistics passed to the Ministry of Justice last year. MOJ has absorbed the drug offender series into its overall offender statistics outputs, such as the Criminal Statistics command paper. My statisticians conducted an extensive consultation exercise, both internally and externally, which revealed dwindling demand for a separate drug offenders bulletin. They have been assured by their MOJ colleagues, that any material previously published in the Drug Offenders England and Wales bulletin would continue be available either in MOJ publications or on request.

The recommendation to withdraw this bulletin was endorsed by the national statistician, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority, the chief statistician and the chief scientific adviser in the Home Office and myself.