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Serious Offences

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of serious offences recorded by the police in England and Wales in 1980; what percentages of these offences were of theft, of handling stolen goods and of burglary; to what extent these figures increased or decreased compared with the previous five years; and during this period what was the rise or fall in the numbers of police and in expenditure on the police service.

The total number of serious offences recorded by the police in 1980 and earlier years is published by offence group in table 2·1 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1980" Cmnd 8376 and the percentage distribution for the latest year is given in figure 2·1. Further details of the numbers of offences of theft, and handling stolen goods and of burglary are to he found in tables 2·9 and 2·7.The most recent White Paper on the Government's expenditure plans (Cmnd 8175) contained the following figures for current expenditure on the police (including central government expenditure on police support):

Financial year£ million at 1980 survey prices
1975–761,394
1976–771,460
1977–781,451
1978–791,430
1979–801,496
1980–811,559
The total strength of the police service during this period was:

At 31DecemberTotal Strength
1975107,138
1976109,476
1977108,201
1978109,075
1979113,309
1980117,423