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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the knives seized in the knife amnesty held in 2006 have been successfully disposed of. [124373]

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The Home Office provided guidance to the police on the disposal of knives following the amnesty, as follows:

“Those items surrendered should be destroyed in accordance with local force procedures. In considering destruction options forces should judge how to maximise the media opportunity presented and ensure that any possibility of weapons being re-circulated is removed.”

It is a matter for the police to ensure the safe disposal of the items surrendered during the knife amnesty, which totalled almost 90,000 in England and Wales.