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Knife Crime

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somalis were convicted of knife crimes in England and Wales in 2005. (92486)

It is not possible to disaggregate offences using knives, other than the offence of possession of an article with a blade or point in a public place, and homicide using a sharp instrument, from offences of violence against the person, eg grievous bodily harm. It is also not possible to identify the nationality of defendants prosecuted for offences involving knives on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, as the individual circumstances of defendants are not collected centrally.