asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of crimes in England and Wales (a) in the 12 months ended March 1979 and (b) in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a question from the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Ashton) on 18 December 1986 at column 643. Statistics of notifiable offences recorded by the police are published each quarter in a Home Office Statistical Bulletin (issue number 39/86 on 12 December being the most recent).