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House of Commons Hansard
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Firearms and Drugs: Crime
01 March 2010
Volume 506
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people attempting to enter the UK were convicted of offences related to the importation and possession of (a) firearms and (b) drugs in each year since 1998; and how many of these offenders received the maximum prison sentence or highest fine applicable in each year. [318698]

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The number of persons found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for offences of attempting to enter the UK, from 1998 to 2008 (latest available) is given in the table.

Data given in the table are on the principle offence basis which relates to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. For example, 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.

The Court Proceedings Database holds information in relation to the offence as stipulated by law. From this information it is not possible to ascertain at what point an offence was committed. It is therefore not possible to separately identify those offences that were committed at the time of attempting to enter the UK.

Data for 2009 are planned for publication in autumn, 2010.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences of attempting to enter the UK, England and Wales, 1998 to 20081,2,3

Offence

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Entering UK in breach of deportation order

Proceeded against

5

6

2

2

8

10

7

9

7

10

13

Found guilty

4

5

2

1

7

7

7

6

7

6

11

Entering UK without leave

Proceeded against

16

17

19

31

46

51

30

43

75

42

7

Found guilty

7

15

14

24

36

39

24

33

63

26

7

Total

Proceeded against

21

23

21

33

54

61

37

52

82

52

20

Found guilty

11

20

16

25

43

46

31

39

70

32

18

1 Statistics given are on the principal offence basis.

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 Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice