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Crime: Business

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans there are for a national definition for recording crimes against business, to be adopted by all police forces in England and Wales. [HL3811]

There are no plans to set a national definition of business crime.

Crimes against business are already recorded in crime statistics but are often grouped together with other, unrelated crimes. The aim is to measure these with consistency and accuracy. Crimes such as robbery of business property, theft from a shop, theft by an employee and different types of fraud are already counted separately in recorded crime statistics and work will continue to expand the range of these. Once a definition of commercial burglary has been agreed during 2007-08, this can be adopted by all police forces in their crime recording systems and in returns to the Home Office. The new commercial burglary definition will then be piloted in 2008-09 as part of the Home Office annual data requirement.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What support they are giving to the business crime forums, which are emerging in some regions in England and Wales, and to the business crime contacts in regional government offices, in tackling crimes against business.[HL3813]

A key aspect of regional business crime and fraud forums is that they are locally driven by those in the business community who wish to have them and are willing to support them. Government support is given through advice and information from the Home Office and through government regional offices.

Central Home Office funding for regional work on tackling crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour is now channelled through the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF), a joint fund with Communities and Local Government (CLG). Decisions about how this funding is spent are therefore devolved to the local area through the local area agreement process.