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Crime

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) convicted of and (b) cautioned in relation to a criminal offence in each year since 1989. (298075)

Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts and cautioned in England and Wales from 1989 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table. Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of persons found guilty1 at all courts and cautioned2, 3, 4 for all offences, England and Wales, 1989 to 2007Found guiltyCautioned19891,512,106238,03119901,493,936269,11219911,485,725278,76519921,501,403321,29419931,411,205311,29919941,395,299308,43019951,343,227291,24219961,425,643286,19319971,374,515282,08719981,457,566287,88419991,398,271266,12620001,413,559238,97820011,339,729229,85820021,412,201225,35520031,481,221241,80320041,537,988255,75820051,475,252298,94520061,413,773349,97420071,407,965362,889 1 The found guilty 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 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.3 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.4 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.