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Firearms Certificates

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 652W to the hon. Member for Teignbridge (Richard Younger-Ross), on firearms certificates, what the equivalent information is for (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough. (29444)

Please see the following table covering London, England, and England and Wales. The data are not available by London borough.

Defendants sentenced and given custody for carrying a weapon or blade, 1997-20041

1997

1998

1999

2000

London2

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

1,001

876

738

861

Immediate custody

159

158

119

160

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

1,274

1,335

1,089

1,168

Immediate custody

190

225

181

196

Total of both offences

Sentenced

2,275

2,211

1,827

2,029

Immediate custody

349

383

300

356

England

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

3,900

4,093

3,870

3,843

Immediate custody

482

552

513

558

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

3,185

3,598

3,337

3,349

Immediate custody

356

519

498

479

Total of both offences

Sentenced

7,085

7,691

7,207

7,192

Immediate custody

838

1,071

1,011

1,037

England and Wales

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

4,130

4,375

4,135

4,108

Immediate custody

509

585

554

595

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

3,341

3,788

3,548

3,518

Immediate custody

372

550

534

499

Total of both offences

Sentenced

7,471

8,163

7,683

7,626

Immediate custody

881

1,135

1,088

1,094

2001

2002

2003

2004

London2

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

1,148

1,455

1,250

1,361

Immediate custody

181

227

201

220

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

1,509

1,877

1,698

1,627

Immediate custody

264

319

290

287

Total of both offences

Sentenced

2,657

3,332

2,948

2,988

Immediate custody

445

546

491

507

England

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

4,607

5,153

5,114

5,446

Immediate custody

596

748

719

768

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

4,107

5,014

5,083

5,524

Immediate custody

570

742

738

776

Total of both offences

Sentenced

8,714

10,167

10,197

10,970

Immediate custody

1,166

1,490

1,457

1,544

England and Wales

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Sentenced

4,873

5,441

5,394

5,758

Immediate custody

634

787

760

817

Having an article with a blade in a public place

Sentenced

4,303

5,269

5,311

5,802

Immediate custody

589

766

755

803

Total of both offences

Sentenced

9,176

10,710

10,705

11,560

Immediate custody

1,223

1,553

1,515

1,620

1 The above offences are not covered within the Knives Act 1997 which came into force, partly in September 1997 and fully in March 1999. The offences are covered under previous Acts. The offence of possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse is covered under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 S.1. The offence of having an article with a blade or point in a public place is covered by the Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139. 2 London is made up by data from the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police force areas. Source: RDS NOMS 13/12/2005