Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many (a) arrests and (b) charges were made under section 12(4) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in each London borough in each year since 2001;

(2) how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions for (i) allowing disorderly conduct on licensed premises and (ii) sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk were made in each London borough in each year since 2003.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Information requested on arrests and offenders charged is not collected centrally.

Data from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of defendants proceeded against for alcohol consumption in a designated place under section 12 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2004, broken down by London Court Area for the years 2003-05, are provided in table A. No defendants have been proceeded against in Greater London for either (i) allowing disorderly conduct on licensed premises or (ii) sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk during those years.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in November 2007.

The offences of consumption of alcohol in a designated public place and sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk can attract a penalty notice for disorder (PND), and data on the number of PNDs issued for those offences in the Metropolitan police force area in 2004, 2005, as well as provisional data for January to June 2006 are provided in table B. PND data are collected at police force area level only and more detailed data are not centrally collected.

Table A: Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for consumption of alcohol in a designated public place, by London Court Area, 2003-05( 1,2)
London Court Area 2003 2004 2005
City of London police
Guildhall Criminal Justice Rooms
Metropolitan police
Inner London Magistrates Courts
Bow Street 9 4
Greenwich and Woolwich 14 2 1
Horseferry Road 10 1 4
Thames 1
West London 3
Outer London Courts
Barnet 1
Bromley 1 2
Enfield 1 4
Haringey 10 2 2
Redbridge 1
Sutton 1
Waltham Forest 1
Total 36 19 20
(1) Principal offence basis. (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.
Table B: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for selected offences in Greater London, 2004, 2005 and January to June 2006 Provisional Data( 1)
Police force area DA16 Sale of alcohol to drunken person( 2) DB07 Consumption of alcohol in public place
2004
City of London (3)
Metropolitan (3) 194
2005
City of London 1
Metropolitan 3 327
January-June 2006( 4)
City of London
Metropolitan 2 190
(1) 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 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. (2) Offence added to the PND scheme on the 4 April 2005. (3) Not applicable. (4) Provisional figures.

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