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Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information as closely related to Chorley constituency as possible, the effect on that constituency of the policies of his Department since 1997. (314235)

The Home Office has introduced a range of policies and initiatives since 1997. The available statistical information relates to the Chorley Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area.

In terms of police recorded crime, data prior to 2002-03 is not directly comparable because of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. Between 2002-03 and 2008-09, total recorded crime in Chorley fell by 13 per cent. More specifically:

Sexual offences: down 21 per cent. (down 34 per cent. in last year).

Robbery: down 43 per cent. (down 23 per cent. in last year).

Burglary: down 44 per cent (down 1 per cent. in last year).

Offences against vehicles: down 56 per cent. (down 12 per cent. in last year).

Other theft offences: down 12 per cent. (down 5 per cent. in last year).

Criminal damage: down 1 per cent. (down 2 per cent. in last year).

Drug offences: up 22 per cent. (up 9 per cent. in last year) (there has been increased recording of drug offences which is mainly attributable to the increased use of police powers to issue cannabis warnings).

Violence against the person rose by 71 per cent. between 2002-03 and 2008-09. Between 2007-08 and 2008-09 it fell by 1 per cent. It reached a peak at 1,902 offences in 2004-05 and has subsequently fallen to 1,302 offences in 2008-09 (a fall of 32 per cent).

Chorley comes within the Lancashire Southern Basic Command Unit. Lancashire Southern BCU had 493 police officers as at 30 March 2009. The number of police officers has decreased by seven since 2003. Comparisons with 1997 for Lancashire Southern BCU are not available. There were 77 Police Community Support Officers as at 30 March 2009 while there were none in existence in 1997.

The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at: