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Drugs: Crime

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, columns 1538-9W, on crime: statistics, how many incidents were recorded by each police force where drugs represented a characteristic or motivating factor in each of the last five years. (254524)

The information requested has been provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency. The data are only available for 2007-08 and are given in the table. Please note that not all forces were in a position to supply these data for 2007-08.

It should be noted that these figures relate to the number of (non-notifiable crime) incidents where drugs represented a characteristic or motivating factor i.e. these figures should exclude all incidents which resulted in crimes being notified to the Home Office as part of the recorded crime statistics.

Number of (non-notifiable crime) incidents where drugs represent a characteristic or motivating factor—2007-08

Police force area

Number

Avon and Somerset

n/a

Bedfordshire

1,534

Cambridgeshire

1,730

Cheshire

1,452

City of London

n/a

Cleveland

1,484

Cumbria

1,370

Derbyshire

1,997

Devon and Cornwall

1,331

Dorset

2,237

Durham

2,180

Dyfed Powys

962

Essex

2,852

Gloucestershire

378

Greater Manchester

10,633

Gwent

2,135

Hampshire

715

Hertfordshire

2,489

Humberside

2,992

Kent

2,457

Lancashire

4,553

Leicestershire

2,679

Lincolnshire

1,033

Merseyside

4,159

Metropolitan Police

n/a

Norfolk

2,882

Northamptonshire

861

Northumbria

1,665

North Wales

n/a

North Yorkshire

1,755

Nottinghamshire

7,544

South Wales

3,029

South Yorkshire

2,128

Staffordshire

4,274

Suffolk

1,367

Surrey

1,819

Sussex

n/a

Thames Valley

n/a

Warwickshire

778

West Mercia

748

West Midlands

10,918

West Yorkshire

1,842

Wiltshire

1,977

Total

96,939

n/a = Not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) drug dealing, (b) drug possession and (c) unlawful production of drugs were recorded by police forces in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the classification of the drug involved. (254542)

The Home Office recorded crime statistics currently collect data on four specific drug offences. These are trafficking in controlled drugs, possession of controlled drugs (cannabis), possession of controlled drugs (other) and other drug offences.

Possession of cannabis offences have been recorded separately since 2004-05 and are published in Table 2.04 of ‘Crime in England and Wales 2007/08’, a copy of which can be accessed at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb0708chap2.xls

With the exception of cannabis possession, the type of drug or drug classification is not collected in the recorded crime statistics.