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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2009, Official Report, column 1332W, on dangerous dogs: convictions, how many of the offences for which persons were found guilty fell under (a) section 1 and (b) section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. (259663)

Data showing the number of persons found guilty of offences under sections 1 and 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales from 1997 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in the following table.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts of offences under sections 1 and 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, England and Wales, 1997 to 20071,2

1997

1998

1999

32000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Section 1

19

15

12

8

4

7

3

17

11

6

74

Section 3

218

385

412

422

487

487

516

547

605

658

703

Total

237

400

424

430

491

494

519

564

616

664

777

1 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.

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 unit.