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Firearms: Crime

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun-related crimes were recorded by the Metropolitan police in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2006-07. (196836)

Available centrally collected data relate only to offences where firearms (excluding air weapons) have been fired, used as a blunt instrument against a person or used as a threat. The Metropolitan Police Service recorded 3,031 such firearm offences in 2000-01 and 3,327 in 2006-07.

The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures before and after this date are not directly comparable.