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Firearms

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England, (b) Sussex and (c) Lewes constituency were (i) killed and (ii) wounded by a firearm in each year since 1997. (308563)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: Available information relates to crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been fired or used as a blunt instrument resulting in fatal and other injury. Data for England and the Sussex police force area, from 1997-98 up to and including 2007-08, are given in the following table. Constituency level data are not collected centrally.

Firearm offence statistics for 2008-09 will be published on 21 January2010.

Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used1 resulting in injury: England total and Sussex police force area, 1997-98 to 2007-08

Injury type

Fatal injury

Serious2 or slight injury

1997-98

England

52

745

Sussex

1

15

1998-993

England

50

807

Sussex

2

13

1999-2000

England

62

1,124

Sussex

16

2000-01

England

71

1,275

Sussex

13

2001-024

England

94

1,761

Sussex

2

40

2002-035

England

78

2,041

Sussex

1

20

2003-04

England

68

2,245

Sussex

1

9

2004-056

England

76

3,704

Sussex

25

2005-06

England

48

3,679

Sussex

23

2006-07

England

56

2,855

Sussex

1

23

2007-08

England

53

3,101

Sussex

17

1 Where firearms have been fired or used as a blunt instrument.

2 A serious injury is the one which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds.

3 There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.

4 Figures may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.

5 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.

6 More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.