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Prosecutions: Metals

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (288248)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences in relation to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964, in England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table. From information held by my department it is not possible to separately identify prosecutions for specific offences detailed within the Act.

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 persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts, offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 England and Wales, 2003-071, 2

Proceeded against

2003

5

2004

5

2005

7

2006

5

2007

5

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.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Evidence and Analysis Unit, Ministry of Justice