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Drugs: Crime

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of drug-related offences there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. (321590)

Data collected centrally on recorded crime do not identify whether offences are drug related. The recorded crime statistics do include the number of specific drug offences recorded by the police and the available information is given in the tables.

Statistics for Jarrow constituency are not available centrally and figures for South Tyneside relate to the South Tyneside Community Safety Partnership area.

The increase in recorded drug offences in recent years has been largely associated with the increased use of police powers to issue cannabis warnings.

Table 1: Drug offences recorded by the police, 19971

Number of offences

Offence

1997

South Tyneside CSP

n/a

North East Region

1,076

England and Wales

23,153

n/a = Not available.

1 Trafficking in controlled drugs only.

Table 2: Drug offences recorded by the police, 1998-99 to 2001-021,2

Number of offences

Offence

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

South Tyneside CSP

n/a

n/a

383

509

North East Region

6,442

6,460

6,424

7,230

England and Wales

135,945

121,866

113,458

121,393

n/a = Not available.

1 The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.

2 The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3: Drug offences recorded by the police, 2002-03 to 2008-091

Number of offences

Offence

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

South Tyneside CSP

690

672

692

739

665

680

648

North East Region

9,014

7,987

7,149

8,280

8,447

8,195

9,129

England and Wales2

143,320

143,511

145,837

178,479

194,233

229,881

243,406

1 The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

2 Includes British Transport Police from 2002-03 onwards.