Elections: Fraud

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ethnic background was of those (a) alleged to have committed, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of electoral fraud offences relating to (i) voting, (ii) registration and (iii) nomination in each of the last three years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts and found guilty at all courts of offences of personation under s60 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, in England and Wales, by ethnic appearance, from 2008 to 2012, can be viewed in the tables. The ethnic appearance classification is used by the police when they visually identify someone as belonging to an ethnic group. Data on charges are not held by the Ministry of Justice.

Data for all other offences under the various Representation of the People Acts which specifically refer to offences relating to voting, registration and nomination cannot be separately identified on the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database as they form part of a miscellaneous group which cannot be separately analysed.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of offences related to personation1, by ethnic appearance, England and Wales, 2008-122, 3
  20084 2009 2010
Ethnic appearance Prosecuted Convicted Prosecuted Convicted Prosecuted Convicted
White - - - - - -
Black - - - - - -
Asian - 2 - 1 - 1
Other5 - - 2 2 - -
Unknown - - - - - -
Total - 2 2 3 - 1
  2011 2012
Ethnic appearance Prosecuted Convicted Prosecuted Convicted
White - - - -
Black - - - -
Asian - - - -
Other5 - - - -
Unknown - - - -
Total - - - -
‘-’ = Nil 1 An offence under S60 of the Representation of the People Act 1983. 2 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 it 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. 3 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. 4 Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. 5 The ‘Other' category includes individuals classified by police officers as having either a ‘Chinese, Japanese or South East Asian' or ‘Middle Eastern' ethnic appearance. Ethnic appearance is used by all police forces in England and Wales for operational purposes. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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