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Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on the formulation of policies to tackle (a) knife and (b) gun crime. (202869)

The work on policy development on gun and knife crime is interconnected and it is not possible easily to disaggregate these functions. The Public Space Violence Team in the Violent Crime Unit develops policy on gun and knife crime and totals 11 members of staff. In addition, the Children and Young People Team has the remit for cross-cutting policy development relating to young people.

Home Office staff in Government Offices for the Regions also work on local policies relating to gun and knife crime in their local areas.