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Air Pollution: Crime

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five calendar years for offences under Part III of the Clean Air Act 1993. (252146)

DEFRA does not maintain or publish details of prosecutions under the Clean Air Act 1993. Information provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the Court Proceedings Database does not separately identify offences under parts of the Clean Air Act 1993. The following table shows the total number of defendants prosecuted under the Act (excluding offences under section 33) at magistrates courts in England and Wales for the last five years available.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts in England and Wales for offences under the Clean Air Act 19931,2,3 2002-06

Persons4

Other5

Total

England1

2002

7

5

12

2003

14

7

21

2004

12

4

16

2005

9

10

19

2006

17

5

22

Wales2

2002

1

1

2003

1

1

2

2004

1

4

5

2005

2

1

3

2006

1

2

3

England and Wales3

2002

8

5

13

2003

15

8

23

2004

13

8

21

2005

11

11

22

2006

18

7

25

1 Excludes section 33 (cable burning).

2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

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.

4 Persons data given are for males and females.

5 Other data refer to companies, public bodies, etc.

Source:

Court proceedings database—Criminal Justice Evidence and Analysis—Office for Criminal Justice Reform