HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 cc495-6W
Mr. Cummings

To ask the Attorney-General how many cases have been received by the Crown Prosecution Service from the Peterlee sub-divisional police in each year since 1990; and how many have resulted in prosecution.

The Attorney-General

Figures for Peterlee subdivision are included in the total for Northumbria-Durham, and are not available separately.

The number of cases received by the Crown Prosecution Service, which include cases sent to the CPS by the police for pre-charge advice, for criminal proceedings, and for some non-criminal proceedings were as follows:

1990 72,825
1991 69,409
1992 68,475
11993 33,816
1 January to June.

Note: The number of cases received during a particular period does not equal the number finalised in that period, as incomplete cases will be carried over.

Of the cases received for criminal prosecution the numbers which proceeded to a hearing in the magistrates court, namely a summary trial, a guilty plea or committal proceedings, were as follows:

1990 52,400
1991 50,914
1992 50,060
11993 24,359
1 January to June.

Cases received for criminal prosecution would not proceed to such a hearing if the defendant could not be traced by the police, the court imposed a bind over or adjourned the case sine die or the CPS discontinued proceedings.