Drugs: Police Cautions

Home Department written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders received a police caution for the possession of drugs in each year since 2006.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The number of offenders cautioned for possession of a controlled drug, and possession with intent to supply, in England and Wales for 2006 and 2007 (latest available from the Ministry of Justice) is given in the following table.

Cautions and court proceedings data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of offenders cautioned for possession of a controlled drug, England and Wales, 2006-07( 1, 2)
Possession of a controlled drug Possession with intent to supply
2006 34,715 841
2007 39,667 762
(1) The 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) 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 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.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services: Ministry of Justice.

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