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Crime: Statistics

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data on crime at lower layer super output area level her Department collects. (275486)

The Home Office’s British crime survey (BCS) is a representative survey of households resident in England and Wales designed to collect information on crimes experienced in the last year. The BCS is an address-based sample but information collected is not reported below police force area level as the sample is too small to provide reliable estimates at lower geographical levels.

To protect the confidentiality of respondents personal details, such as address and postcode, are not supplied to the Home Office by the survey contractor.

The Home Office also collects information on crimes recorded by the police.

Experimental statistics based on a special collection from some police forces has been published at middle super output area level. The most recent data currently published are for 2005-06 and can be found on the Neighbourhood Statistics website at:

http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk

In future, the Home Office data hub will receive individual crime records from police forces in England and Wales. The system is currently being tested and test data extracts have been received from 28 forces. It is planned that the system will be fully operational by the end of the financial year 2010-11. Assessments of the quality of these data will need to be made but the current intention is to publish data at middle super output area level where possible, subject to quality issues and adherence to protocols for official statistics.