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Home Department written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by people on bail in each region of the UK in 2011; and what crimes were committed in such cases.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

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
North East 7,669 5,218
North West 9,539 6,404
Yorkshire and Humber 8,198 5,768
East Midlands 5,184 3,652
West Midlands 4,203 3,021
East of England 4,251 2,845
London 8,416 6,107
South East 7,172 4,841
South West 4,438 3,113
Wales 4,247 2,934
Unknown(2) 2,310 1,590
Total 65,627 45,553
(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.

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