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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Volume 506: debated on Friday 26 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there have been in each year since 1998. (315071)

The number of persons found guilty at all courts for being drunk and disorderly, England and Wales 1998 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table. A penalty notice for disorder (PND) can also be issued for offences of being drunk and disorderly. The number of PNDs issued 2004 to 2008 is included in the table.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned to be published in the autumn 2010.

The number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder and found guilty at all courts for drunk and disorderly related offences in England and Wales, from 1998 to 20081,2,3Offences1998199920004200120022003200420052006200720085Drunk and disorderly offencesPenalty notices for disorder convictionsn/an/an/an/an/an/a29,10640,17646,26849,06245,84929,97428,00626,27425,63226,25427,04420,42015,39914,99516,76718,229n/a = not applicable1 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 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises. Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12.Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour.Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91.3 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 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit 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.5 Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.Source:Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of JusticeRef: IOS 60-10