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. 
|Police force area||1997||1998–991||1999–20002||2000–012||2001–022|
|Avon and Somerset||240||241||429||365||411|
|Devon and Cornwall||94||144||140||111||138|
|London, City of||4||15||6||5|
|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.