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Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hospitals with accident and emergency departments in the 10 police force areas that make up the Tackling Knives Action Programme are sharing information with the police under the programme; and what information is being shared by them. (253978)

[holding answer 4 February 2009]: As at 30 January, police forces report that 37 hospitals in the 10 Tackling Knives Action programme areas (Metropolitan, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Merseyside, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, South Wales, Essex, and Thames Valley) are routinely sharing anonymised information relating to victims presenting at accident and emergency departments with injuries caused by violence. One additional hospital in a second tier TKAP area (South Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and Northumbria) is also sharing information. A total of 38 hospitals.