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Drugs: Crime

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of possession of (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) heroin, (d) ecstasy, (e) ketamine and (f) LSD have been recorded by police in each of the last 10 years. (257046)

Recorded offences of possession of cannabis have been collected separately since 2004-05 and the figures are given in the following table. Possession of other drug types are included in the Home Office classification ‘Possession of controlled drugs (excluding cannabis)’ but the drug type cannot be separately identified.

Recent rises in recorded possession of cannabis offences are largely associated with the increased police use of powers to issue warnings for cannabis possession, these powers first becoming nationally available from 1 April 2004.

Possession of cannabis offences recorded by the police in England and Wales

Number of offences

2004-05

88,263

2005-06

119,917

2006-07

130,395

2007-08

158,086