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Environmental Protection Act 1990

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 have been sought in each of the last 10 years; and how many such prosecutions were successful. (280258)

The number of defendants who were proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the offence of ‘Depositing litter’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 sec.87, in England and Wales, 1998 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the table.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one 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.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants who were proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the offence of ‘Depositing litter’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 sec.87, England and Wales, 1998 to 20071,2

Proceeded against

Found guilty

1998

494

377

1999

501

390

20003

466

333

2001

457

334

2002

332

256

2003

551

406

2004

908

645

2005

1,447

1,017

2006

2,022

1,340

2007

3,063

2,303

1 The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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 able to submit only 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:

OCJR—E and A: Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit, Ministry of Justice