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Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offences were dealt with out of court in each year from 2002 to 2012 (a) in England and Wales and (b) by police authority area.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

The ratio of the number of notifiable offences given an out of court disposal with the number of notifiable police recorded crimes, by police force area in England and Wales, for the period 2002 to 2011 can be viewed in the table.

Ratio of the number of notifiable offences given an out of court disposal with the number of notifiable police recorded crimes, by police force area in England and Wales, 2002-11(1)
Police force area 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011(2)
Avon and Somerset 2.5 2.9 3.6 7.6 10.2 12.0 11.9 10.3 10.4 11.0
Bedfordshire 4.6 5.1 6.5 9.0 9.7 9.2 10.5 10.6 7.8 7.7
British Transport Police n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 12.3
Cambridgeshire 2.8 2.8 4.2 7.9 9.6 12.2 11.9 11.0 11.1 10.7
Cheshire 2.4 3.1 4.5 7.3 9.4 9.1 9.7 9.3 10.0 9.8
Cleveland 3.1 3.6 4.8 8.3 13.9 13.8 14.7 15.0 14.1 12.0
Cumbria 5.6 5.8 6.0 6.7 9.2 11.5 11.8 11.9 12.1 14.7
Derbyshire 2.9 3.0 4.8 7.8 9.4 10.7 9.7 7.1 6.9 8.2
Devon and Cornwall 6.1 6.4 7.3 10.2 12.9 14.6 12.9 13.1 12.6 12.1
Dorset 2.8 2.8 6.7 8.5 12.4 11.8 10.7 8.2 7.5 7.6
Durham 4.9 5.2 5.4 6.9 10.4 10.8 11.0 12.0 14.6 14.7
Dyfed Powys 16.2 16.4 13.0 19.9 23.4 21.9 21.5 23.8 22.5 26.2
Essex 4.2 4.2 5.4 9.3 12.9 15.8 13.2 14.7 11.2 11.0
Gloucestershire 6.8 5.2 6.8 10.6 13.4 13.4 11.7 11.2 8.3 7.4
Greater Manchester 2.5 3.0 4.9 7.0 8.8 9.3 8.5 7.6 8.2 8.1
Gwent 6.7 6.1 3.2 7.3 14.6 15.7 14.8 15.2 11.1 14.3
Hampshire 4.6 4.2 5.8 7.5 8.0 10.2 8.5 8.5 8.9 8.9
Hertfordshire 4.0 3.9 4.4 5.8 14.0 14.8 14.7 16.6 17.5 16.6
Humberside 2.2 2.3 4.3 7.3 10.0 14.8 13.7 10.9 9.6 9.7
Kent 5.1 6.1 7.8 10.1 12.0 14.4 14.8 17.8 14.2 13.0
Lancashire 3.8 4.3 7.1 10.6 15.3 16.4 14.0 13.2 12.3 12.0
Leicestershire 1.4 2.8 4.8 8.0 10.8 10.6 9.1 9.7 10.4 9.1
Lincolnshire 3.7 3.6 4.6 11.4 12.1 13.0 12.6 11.7 8.9 9.9
London 2.9 2.9 3.6 6.3 9.2 12.6 13.5 11.9 10.4 9.2
Merseyside 2.6 2.7 4.1 10.5 13.3 14.6 17.5 18.1 17.2 13.9
Norfolk 3.7 3.8 5.6 7.2 11.5 11.7 14.3 11.1 11.1 11.8
North Wales 5.4 5.5 7.6 11.7 15.3 16.1 16.8 15.8 11.9 10.1
North Yorkshire 4.1 3.9 6.3 6.1 8.9 14.4 11.7 10.9 9.7 11.6
Northamptonshire 5.9 4.2 4.3 6.2 10.8 11.7 10.0 9.6 9.2 8.9
Northumbria 7.9 8.4 9.1 10.8 13.8 17.3 16.4 18.1 15.4 14.0
Nottinghamshire 2.4 3.0 4.1 7.0 9.7 9.8 8.9 9.7 10.4 12.8
South Wales 2.6 3.7 5.0 6.0 8.3 10.8 9.3 10.5 9.9 10.3
South Yorkshire 2.2 2.5 3.6 7.5 10.7 12.1 11.6 12.5 10.2 8.6
Staffordshire 5.9 5.4 6.2 9.0 11.5 13.3 9.4 7.8 10.5 11.9
Suffolk 6.6 7.3 8.4 9.2 11.7 14.3 15.3 13.3 9.5 9.2
Surrey 6.6 7.4 12.6 9.9 12.8 15.5 11.3 9.3 8.6 8.5
Sussex 6.1 6.2 7.3 10.4 11.8 15.6 11.8 15.5 12.1 10.6
Thames Valley 3.3 3.4 5.5 11.7 11.4 13.1 12.1 9.7 8.9 10.1
Warwickshire 5.1 5.5 6.1 11.0 12.6 12.9 12.0 11.7 11.0 8.8
West Mercia 6.7 6.7 7.9 11.8 15.2 14.3 14.1 11.6 9.8 9.3
West Midlands 4.6 5.2 6.2 9.2 10.8 11.0 11.3 9.7 5.9 6.1
West Yorkshire 3.1 3.2 7.0 10.4 10.7 9.6 7.3 7.2 6.4 6.9
Wiltshire 4.2 5.9 6.3 8.2 7.8 7.9 12.0 12.6 9.5 9.5
England and Wales 3.8 4.0 5.4 8.3 10.8 12.4 11.8 11.3 10.2 10.0
n/a = Not available. (1) Includes cautions, Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) for offenders aged 16 and over, and formal warnings for cannabis possession. (2) Prior to 2011 cautions administered by the British Transport Police, were not collated centrally by the Ministry of Justice. Notes: 1. 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. 2. Penalty Notices for Disorder and formal warnings for cannabis possession were introduced nationally in 2004. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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