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Anabolic Steroids

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) cautioned and (b) convicted of supplying anabolic steroids in each of the last five years; and how many of those convicted were subsequently given the maximum possible sentence. (261518)

Information provided by the Ministry of Justice on the number of persons cautioned or found guilty at all courts for supplying anabolic steroids in England and Wales from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is given in the table. Of those persons convicted none received the maximum sentence.

Cautions and court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of persons cautioned or found guilty at all courts for supplying anabolic steroids1, England and Wales, 2003-072,3

Number cautioned

Number found guilty













1 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 s.4(3): Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug—Anabolic Steroids.

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 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.


Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis unit