Drugs

Home Department written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made for the (a) possession and (b) supply of (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine and (iii) cannabis in each of the past five years.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Arrest data are not collected centrally by individual offence.

Information taken from the Home Office Court proceedings database showing the number of persons proceeded against for the (a) possession, (b) supply and (c) possession with intent to supply (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine and (iii) cannabis in England and Wales during the period 1996 to 2000 is given in the table.

Persons proceeded against in the magistrates courts for the given offences, England and Wales, 1996–2000
Offence Principal statute 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Having possession of a controlled drug
Heroin Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 5(2) 2,653 3,698 4,819 5,236 5,510
Cocaine Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 5(2) 840 1,194 1,829 2,268 2,048
Cannabis Ibid as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Sec. 157 Sch.8 part II 14,857 18,940 24,395 24,322 22,303
Supplying or offering (or being concerned in) to supply a controlled drug
Heroin Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3) 933 1,304 1,486 1,869 1,643
Cocaine Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3) 287 342 423 487 437
Cannabis Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3) 1,559 1,788 1,830 1,580 1,001
Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply
Heroin Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3) 1,040 1,265 1,411 1,483 1,488
Cocaine Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3) 370 471 502 578 664
Cannabis Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3) 2,765 3,275 3,223 2,917 2,194

Note:

Data are given on a principal offence basis

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