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Arson

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for arson in England and Wales was in each year since 1997; and what the detection rate for all crime was in each year. [125743]

The available information from police recorded crime data on detection rates for arson and all recorded crime in England and Wales for the years since 1997 are as follows:

Percentage detection rates—England and Wales
ArsonAll recorded crime
199711628
1998–9921029
1999–20003925
2000–01824
2001–024823
1 Calendar year, and years ending March thereafter.
2 There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which may have affected detection rates.
3 There was a change in the counting rules for detections on 1 April 1999, which will have had an effect on detection rates.
4 Detection rates may have been affected by some police forces adopting the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard in advance of its national implementation on 1 April 2002.