§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported cases of endangering safety or obstructions there were in each of the past five years in(a) Strathclyde, (b) Scotland and (c) Great Britain; how many of these led to criminal convictions; what was the range of sentences imposed upon those convicted; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
[holding answer 6 July 1994]: Information for 1989 to 1991 is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. That which is available is as follows:
Endangering Safety 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Number of reported offences Strathclyde n/a n/a n/a 11 15 Scotland n/a 21 8 19 30 Great Britain 1,067 848 783 642 754 Number of convictions Strathclyde n/a n/a n/a 5 6 Scotland n/a n/a n/a 5 6 Great Britain n/a n/a n/a 26 71SentencingOver the past two year period 1992 and 1993, the range of sentencing that has been implemented for the offence of Endangering Safety is as follows:
Fines From £12 to £500. Community Service From 50 to 200 hours. Imprisonment From 28 days to 2 years. Probation From 6 months to 3 years.Apart from the above, some cases have involved the accused being bound over, conditionally discharged or sent to an attendance centre.
Obstruction 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 Number of reported offences Strathclyde N/a N/a N/a 134 135 Scotland N/a 446 333 238 223 Great Britain 4,070 3,426 2,955 2,585 2,537 Number of convictions Strathclyde N/a N/a N/a 1 5 Scotland N/a N/a N/a 3 5 Great Britain N/a N/a N/a 49 78SentencingOver the two-year period 1992 and 1993, the range of sentencing implemented for the offence of obstruction was as follows:
Fines From £10 to £350 Community Service From 40 to 200 hours Imprisonment From one day to 12 months Probation From six months to 12 months
Apart from the above, some cases involved the accused being bound over, conditionally discharged or sent to an attendance centre.