asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were reported, and how many resulted in successful prosecution, in each year since 1970, in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria in each of the following categories: violence against the person, burglary, robbery, theft and handling stolen goods, fraud and forgery, criminal damage, murder and manslaughter, and sexual offences.
The information available is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", but comparable figures are available only from 1st April 1974 because of the reorganisation of police force areas, and information regarding persons convicted is readily available only from 1975. The number of indictable offences recorded by the police in 1977 was as follows; other figures for 1977 are not yet available.both parliamentary and local authority candidates from being nominated simultaneously in more than one constituency or ward; and if he will make a statement as to the current situation.
For parliamentary elections, a candidate may be nominated for as many constituencies as he wishes. For local government elections, a candidate may stand for election to more than one local authority, if he is qualified by residence or otherwise. He may not, however, contest more than one electoral area in elections to a single authority. Before any amendment of the law is considered I think it would be appropriate for the position at parliamentary elections to be reviewed by a Speaker's Conference.