On 12 December 2013 the Ministry of Justice published the latest edition of the 'New criminal offences in England and Wales' statistical bulletin.
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The bulletin covers activity of government departments in creating new criminal offences in England and Wales during the period June 2009 to May 2013.
For comparative purposes, alongside the new criminal offences, we also publish the number of offences that have been repealed. For the purposes of the bulletin repeals are counted as those offences recorded on the Police National Legal Database with an end date during the period concerned.
Since the publication, it has come to light that the methodology described above to identify repealed offences has resulted in some offences being identified as repealed in error.
Following further consideration and to enable additional quality checks to be undertaken, it has been decided to withdraw the repeal information presented in the current publication. View the revised and updated bulletin including information on repeals.