I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.
The following table shows the number of offenders convicted for a new offence while on bail. These figures in the table are a count of court appearances and may include instances where offenders are convicted for multiple crimes. This has been broken down into two categories and split into the Government office regions based on local authority information. There are over 6,000 types of crime recorded by the PNC and it is not feasible to list all the crimes in one table.
|Number of offenders convicted for a new offence while on bail, 2011, England and Wales|
|Region||All convictions(1)||Indictable offences|
|Yorkshire and Humber||8,198||5,768|
|East of England||4,251||2,845|
|(1 )All convictions include summary offences and indictable offences (indictable offences relate to crimes deemed serious enough to be automatically tried within a Crown court). Within all convictions are crimes relating to bail. (2) Unknown includes all offences committed that are not mapped to a region and may include crimes outside of England and Wales (ie Scotland and Northern Ireland). Source: Police National computer, Ministry of Justice.|
The figures given in the table have been drawn from the extract of Police National Computer (PNC) data held by the Ministry of Justice. As with any large scale recording system the PNC is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.
In particular the recording of information on whether or not the offence was committed while the offender was on bail is known to be incomplete. This is because the police have available to them a number of ways of recording the bail status of an offender of which the ‘offence committed on bail' field on the PNC is one. For operational purposes police forces make differing use of these various sources and as a result figures derived purely from the PNC do not provide a complete picture of these offences, and therefore changes over time. These data may not represent real changes in offending while on bail.