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Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had on Crimestoppers; and what steps she is taking to promote and increase awareness of the service; (146579)

(2) how many people were arrested in each of the last five years as a result of information supplied to Crimestoppers.

Information on the number of arrests as a result of information supplied to Crimestoppers is not collected centrally by the Home Office. A Home Office evaluation ‘Evaluating the impact of Crimestoppers’ Home Office Online Report 22/03 stated that for the year 2000 there were 5,423 successful outcomes (arrested, charged or cautioned) approximately 9 per cent. of all actionable calls. However, the actual number of positive results is higher, as there is widespread under-reporting of feedback. The report estimated this figure as close to 9,614.

The former Home Secretary last met the Chief Executive of Crimestoppers on 25 April. The Home Office continues to support Crimestoppers through the terms of the Strategic Partnership Agreement which runs from 1 December 2004 to 31 March 2008.