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Firearms: Convictions

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of firearms offences in each year since 1997. (247709)

Information on the number of persons found guilty at all courts for firearm offences in England and Wales 1997 to 2007 can be viewed in the table.

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 persons found guilty at all courts for firearm offences in England and Wales, 1997 to 20071,2,3

Found guilty

1997

2,691

1998

2,750

1999

2,278

2000

2,080

2001

2,136

2002

2,169

2003

2,275

2004

2,453

2005

2,405

2006

2,013

2007

2,106

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 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.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Evidence and Analysis, Ministry of Justice