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Offensive Weapons: Crimes of Violence

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when data on serious violent offences involving the use of knives and sharp instruments will next be published. (200589)

[holding answer 23 April 2008]: It is not possible to identify those offences involving knives or sharp instruments from the data centrally collected on overall recorded crime. However, since April 2007, police forces have been providing separate aggregate data on serious violence involving knives. Home Office statisticians will assess the quality of this data and it is planned that figures for 2007-08 will be published in ‘Crime in England and Wales 2007-08’ in July 2008.

Available data from the Homicide Index relates to offences currently recorded as homicide where the apparent method of killing is ‘sharp instrument’. Data relating to the period 1997-98 to 2007-08 are scheduled for publication in January 2009.