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Scrap Metal

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there have been in the last two years for contravention of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964; and what penalties were awarded. [HL663]

Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against, found guilty, sentenced and the penalties imposed under the 1964 Scrap Metal Dealers Act in England and Wales for 2006 and 2007 (latest published) are in the attached table. Data for Northern Ireland are held by the Northern Ireland Office and data for Scotland are held by the Scottish Executive.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence 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.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts, found guilty at all courts and the penalties imposed for offences under the 1964 Scrap Metal Dealers Act, England and Wales, 2006 to 2007(1)(2)

Sentences imposed

Year

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Sentenced

Given a conditional discharge

Fined

2006

5

1

1

1

-

2007

5

5

5

1

4

(1) 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) 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.

Source: Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

Ref: IOS 037-09

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces have metal theft as a priority in their policing plans for the current year and for 2009–10. [HL665]

Each policing plan is developed by its force and its authority; there are no central records of each authority's local policing priorities.