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Drugs

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been sentenced to immediate custody for possession of (a) cannabis and (b) ecstasy in each year since 1997. (286045)

I have been asked to reply.

The requested information is shown in the table:

Number of immediate custodial sentences imposed for possession of cannabis or MDMA, 1997-2007

Possession of MDMA

Possession of MDMA with intent to supply

Possession of cannabis

Possession of cannabis with intent to supply

1997

62

410

268

1,129

1998

51

217

410

1,284

1999

69

338

451

1,112

2000

108

520

361

808

2001

151

690

290

618

2002

100

578

241

547

2003

81

461

288

475

2004

60

394

161

420

2005

61

342

136

272

2006

62

256

141

240

2007

70

276

162

232

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.