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Crime: Offences Brought to Justice

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 30 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In respect of adults, how many of the total offences brought to justice in each of the past five years were made up of penalty notices for disorder; prosecutions; court appearances; convictions; cautions; and formal warnings for the possession of cannabis; and [HL212]

In respect of juveniles, how many of the total offences brought to justice in each of the past five years were made up of penalty notices for disorder; prosecutions; court appearances; convictions; final warnings and reprimands. [HL213]

The information available for England and Wales is presented in the table.

It is not possible to break down the figures for offences taken into consideration and warnings for cannabis possession by the age of the offender. Prosecution and court appearance figures are not components of the offences brought to justice measure.

Information for Scotland is the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Office.

Number of offences brought to justice in England and Wales, 2001-05 by type of disposal and age group 1 (thousand of offences)

Aged 10 to 17

Penalty Notices for Disorder

Reprimand

Warning

Convicted

2001

-

72.5

36.8

113.8

2002

-

61.5

32.6

110.9

2003

-

63.9

35.1

108.3

2004

-

74.3

41.0

114.8

2005

1.3

88.0

41.7

118.3

Aged 18 and over

Penalty Notices for Disorder

Cautions

Convicted

2001

-

122.0

565.2

2002

1.0

128.8

596.9

2003

3.4

139.2

614.7

2004

30.3

146.3

592.1

2005

97.6

182.3

579.4

All ages 2

Offences taken into consideration 3

Penalty notices for disorder

Formal warnings for cannabis possession 3

Cautions, reprimands and final warnings

Convicted

Total offences brought to justice

2001

88.0

231.5

681.9

1,001.3

2002

99.3

1.0

223.2

707.7

1,031.2

2003

94.6

3.4

238.2

723.4

1,059.7

2004

104.5

30.3

27.5

264.2

707.2

1,133.7

2005

114.1

98.8

57.7

312.1

697.6

1,280.5

1 Figures presented are counts of offences rather than defendants.

2 The “all ages” figures for cautions and convictions include estimates for missing data not included in the figures broken down by age.

3 Figures for offences taken into consideration and formal warnings for cannabis possession cannot be broken down by age.

Note: 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 police forces and courts. 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.