Pornography: Internet

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought under the Communications Act 2003 for using the internet to upload offensive or indecent images.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to using the internet to upload offensive or indecent images under the Communications Act 2003 S.127 in England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 offence selected is the one 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.

The Communications Act 2003 Section 127 came into full force on 29 December 2003.

N umber of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to using the internet to upload offensive or indecent images under the Communications Act 2003 S.127 in England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Proceeded against
2003 0
2004 214
2005 355
2006 550
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) The communications Act S.127 came into full force on 29 December 2003

(3) Data include the following statute and corresponding offence description: Communications Act 2003 S.127 - Improper use of public electronic communications network.

(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, other agencies, 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:

Court proceedings data held by RDS - Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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Lee Maguire
Posted on 20 Apr 2013 7:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Given the figures match up with later questions, I believe the figures quoted relate to "communications" rather than specifically "indecent images" as quoted in the reply.