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Air Weapons (Accidents)

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of fatal, serious or slight injuries caused by air weapons in each of the last 10 years.

Numbers of indictable offences in which air weapons were reported to have caused fatal, serious and slight injuries are published annually in "Criminal Statistics England and Wales (see Table 3·7 and paragraph 3·8 of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7670). Figures for 1969–78 are given in the table below. No information is available on accidental injuries caused by air weapons.has been the net increase of prison officers coming into the prison service during the last three years after allowing for the 1,322 resignations from the service.

There was a net increase of 622 in the number of trained officers in England and Wales for the three years 1977–79 after allowing for a total loss of 1,943 including 1,322 resignations.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officer staff vacancies, by grades, there are in each prison in England and Wales.

The number of prison officer vacancies in each prison in England and Wales were given in my reply to a question by the hon. Member for Battersea, South, (Mr. Dubs) on 6 February.—[Vol. 978, c. 215–6.] To obtain this information separately for each of the 28 prison officer grades (including specialists) at each of the 115 establishments would involve disproportionate cost, but if the hon. Member has any particular point in mind I shall be glad to provide him with what information is available.