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Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded shoplifting offences there were in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008. (249615)

The available information shows that there were 294,282 recorded shoplifting offences in England and Wales in 2006-07 and 290,625 offences recorded in 2007-08, a fall of 1 per cent.