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Drugs: Crime

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of offences related to drugs in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. (321593)

Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts in the North East Government Office Region (GOR) and England and Wales for drugs offences, from 1997 to 2008 (latest available) can be found in the table.

Court proceedings data are not available at parliamentary constituency level. Data are given in the table for the North East GOR in which the Jarrow constituency and South Tyneside are located.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned for publication in autumn, 2010.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for drug offences in the North East Government Office Region (GOR)1 and England and Wales, 1997to20082,3Area199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008England and Wales40,66648,82148,71144,62145,62149,03651,16239,19739,09039,58244,56552,941Of which:North East GOR1,5262,1942,5282,7733,3403,6243,8162,6872,7592,7342,6672,626 1 Includes:Cleveland police force area;Durham police force area;Northumbria police force area.2 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.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 Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.Source:Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice