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Firearms

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of gun-related crime were recorded in (a)Lancashire, (b) the North West of England, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) the UK in each year since 1997; [90965](2) how many people have been

(a) injured and (b) killed by guns in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North West of England in (a) 2002 and (b) each of the previous five years. [90977]

Available published data on the number of recorded homicide offences in which firearms were reported to have been used are given in the table.

Number of homicide offences involving firearms
LancashireNorth West of England
1997111
1998–9915
1999–2000214
2000–01215

Note:

Figures for injuries are not available.

The total number of recorded crimes in which firearms (including air weapons) were reported to have been used are given in the table.

Lancashire

North West of England

England

Wales

19971631,75111,816594
1998–991792,30813,283591
1999–20002272,61916,234712
2000–012332,98317,083614

These firearms offences were published on a calendar year basis up to 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter. The figures for the North West and England for 2000–01 have been slightly revised since they were published.

There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998. Numbers of recorded crimes before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable. Similarly, some police forces adopted the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard in advance of its national implementation; for example, Lancashire did so in 2000–01. This will mean that the figures for 2000–01 for Lancashire, the North West and England in the above table will not be directly comparable with the previous year. Both of these changes in recorded crime will have the effect of increasing the number of crimes counted.

Information relating to Scotland Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland (Helen Liddell) and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Murphy).