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Offensive Weapons: Convictions

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of stabbings in each of the last three years. (143449)

[holding answer 20 June 2007]: Information on the number of persons found guilty at all courts for stabbings is not available because the individual circumstances of offences are not centrally collected. As a result, data on convictions for offences involving stabbings cannot be separated from cases of murder, manslaughter and assaults etc. and cannot be provided.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of knife crime in each of the last three years were suffering from mental illness. (143450)

[holding answer 20 June 2007]: It is not possible to identify the number of people convicted of knife crime who were suffering from mental illness because the individual circumstances of offenders are not centrally collected.