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Drugs: Sentencing

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) custodial sentences, (b) fines, (c) community sentences and (d) cautions there were in respect of (i) drug use and (ii) drug dealing in Essex in each of the last five years. (249648)

The requested information is shown in the following table:

Number of persons fined, given custodial sentences and community sentences for drug offences1 in Essex police force area, 2003-07

Community sentence

Fine

Immediate custody

Suspended sentence

Cautioned2

2003

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

6

3

3

5

Possession of a controlled substance

165

398

42

1

676

Possession with intent to supply

19

55

1

3

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

11

2

20

3

9

2004

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

4

1

1

1

Possession of a controlled substance

165

252

28

2

322

Possession with intent to supply

18

1

42

2

3

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

8

32

2

8

2005

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

1

1

3

Possession of a controlled substance

180

246

30

3

493

Possession with intent to supply

26

2

63

7

6

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

8

2

33

4

3

2006

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

1

1

3

Possession of a controlled substance

117

221

31

11

802

Possession with intent to supply

16

1

41

20

5

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

12

106

28

4

2007

Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes

2

3

Possession of a controlled substance

118

133

16

16

1,006

Possession with intent to supply

13

59

23

22

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled substance

16

55

21

9

1 Includes all classes of drugs

2 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 These data are based on the principle 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. Ministry of Justice