To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 6 May, Official Report, column 665W, on security incidents, what definition of security incident is used in the figures provided; what the changes to the reporting procedures were; and where the acknowledgement was made that the level of recorded incidents was likely to rise in the short term. 
Up until March 2003 security incidents were reported to NHS Estates and the definition of a security incident used in the figures referred to was as follows:
No changes to the reporting procedure have been made since this system was introduced in 1999. Acknowledgement that the level of recorded incidents"the total number of security and deliberate violent incidents recorded by the organisation site for the reporting period. These include assaults on staff and client to client, and any incident requiring intervention by security personnel or police attendance".