HC Deb 29 October 1985 vol 84 cc410-1W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Cheshire as to the number of people (a) within the area covered by the Cheshire constabulary and (b) within the area covered by the Macclesfield division of the Cheshire constabulary who have been charged with (i) possession of and (ii) supplying (a) amphetamines, (b) heroin and (c) cocaine in each of the last three years; and if he will publish the information in the Official Report.

Mr. Mellor

The information available for the Cheshire police force area is given in the following table. Police forces are not required to provide centrally any information for individual divisions or stations within their areas.

Number of persons
Type of drug Type of offence* 1982 1983 1984
Amphetamines Unlawful possession 12 18 19
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully 2 4 6
Unlawful supply 3 2 3
*As the same person may be proceeded against for more than one offence or for more than one type of drug, the rows cannot be added together to produce totals.

Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department of those persons in Wales convicted of (a) all drugs related offences and (b) offences related to the use of heroin or its derivatives, how many were unemployed for each year from 1980 to 1985.

Mr. Mellor

[pursuant to his reply, 21 October 1985, c. 44]: The information available, from returns made mainly by the police, is given in the following table; corresponding figures for 1985 will not be available until the summer of next year.

Persons found guilty of offences under drugs legislation or other offences involving controlled drugs
Wales, 1980–84 Number of persons
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
All offences
Total number of persons 800 771 1,000 1,110 1,297
Number recorded as unemployed 342 417 598 760 856
Offences involving heroin
Total number of persons 11 12 15 25 54
Number recorded as unemployed 8 7 11 20 47

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