Public Service: Misconduct

Justice written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the last conviction for misconduct in public office took place; and how many such convictions took place in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The available information held by my Department on defendants found guilty of misconduct in public office, from 1996 to 2006, is provided in the following table.

Number of defendants found guilty of misconduct in public office, England and Wales 1996-2006( 1,2)
Found guilty
1996
1997
1998
1999 2
2000 2
2001 1
2002 2
2003 3
2004 10
2005 3
2006 12
(1) These data are on the 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.

Data for 2007 will be available in November 2008.

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