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Firearms Amnesty

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to increase spending on the advertising and promotion of the firearms amnesty; how much has been allocated for the year April 2003 to March 2004; which the preferred medium is in which to promote the campaign; and on what basis he has reached this decision. [111256]

Police force area19971998–9911999–200022000–0122001–022
Avon and Somerset240241429365411
Bedfordshire56149177140182
Cambridgeshire134141186146195
Cheshire709772167177
Cleveland144245199203267
Cumbria5433342934
Derbyshire280322451398461
Devon and Cornwall94144140111138
Dorset7842123153174
Durham652553116163
Essex269317344356546
Gloucestershire87116158179188
Greater Manchester8881,1431,3721,5132,175
Hampshire157147215163175
Hertfordshire5661164217224
Humberside535563543502473
Kent364277340335269
Lancashire163179227233343
Leicestershire106185137119146
Lincolnshire9280141152153
London, City of41565
Merseyside5768569141,0411,211
Metropolitan Police2,9263,0044,1184,2585,675
Norfolk7559565768
Northamptonshire1301911777898
Northumbria277457531472541
North Yorkshire13174594770
Nottinghamshire532629713693870
South Yorkshire328401369448737
Staffordshire241123184321386
Suffolk173469136118
Surrey596692129107
Sussex218315377326404
Thames Valley325471555609703
Warwickshire86566973102
West Mercia84105114111177
West Midlands8408081,0081,0581,636
West Yorkshire9741,0411,2351,5441,759
Wiltshire6185847998
Dyfed-Powys6160456843
Gwent129215248197176
North Wales109941047499
South Wales295222315275337
England total11,81613,28316,23417,08321,659
1 There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which would have the tendency to increase the number of

offences counted. Numbers of offences before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.
2 Figures may have been inflated by some forces implementing the priciples of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) before 1 April 2002.

The firearms amnesty ran from 31 March to 30 April 2003. It was agreed after the success of the first burst of advertising at the beginning of the amnesty to repeat the radio advertising in the last week and an additional £122,000 was spent in April 2003 to achieve this.There are currently no plans to run another amnesty in the coming year and therefore no additional money has been allocated for advertising and promotion. Over 40,000 guns where handed in during the period.