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Drugs: East Sussex

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) trials and (b) convictions there were for drug offences in East Sussex between 2000 and 2009. (308460)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts in the Sussex police force area for drug offences, from 2000 to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Information held centrally cannot be broken down sufficiently to supply data for East Sussex, therefore Sussex police force area data have been provided in lieu.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for drug offences, Sussex police force area 2000 to 20071, 2

Proceeded against

Found guilty

2000

1,009

818

2001

1,306

1,081

2002

1,383

1,179

2003

1,164

1,075

2004

974

861

2005

1,162

1,026

2006

1,166

1,013

2007

1,317

1,141

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:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.