Cancer

Justice written question – answered on 12th June 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have taken place under the Cancer Act 1939 in each of the last 30 years.

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

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Cancer Act 1939, in England and Wales, from 1984 to 2013, can be viewed in the table.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under section 4 of the Cancer Act 1939, England and Wales, 1984 to 20131, 2
  Number
1984 -
1985 1
1986 -
1987 -
1988 -
1989 -
1990 -
1991 -
1992 -
1993 -
1994 -
1995 2
1996 -
1997 -
1998 2
1999 1
2000 -
2001 -
2002 -
2003 1
2004 1
2005 -
2006 6
2007 4
2008 -
2009 2
2010 1
2011 -
2012 -
2013 -
1 The figures given in the table 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 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 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. Note: Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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