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Offensive Weapons: Bexley

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged 16 years and under were arrested for carrying knives in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in the last year for which figures are available. (234827)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.

From these centrally reported data we are not able to identify knife possession offences from within the main offence groups.