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Knife Crime

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to reduce knife crime. (229781)

In April 2007 we introduced the collection of information on knife-related offences as part of police recorded crime data.

Since the start of the Tackling Knives Action Programme in June 2008, the numbers remanded in prison for weapons possession has doubled and the proportion sent to prison has increased by almost a third compared to last year. Nearly 100,000 people have been stopped and searched and almost 2,200 knives recovered.