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Crime: Guns and Knives

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there has been an increase in gun and knife crime in major conurbations. [HL1818]

Provisional figures published on 24 January show an increase of 4 per cent in overall firearms offences in the 12 months to September 2007, but a decrease of 11 per cent in firearms homicides and a decrease of 16 per cent in serious injuries caused by firearms during the same period. The majority of firearms offences occur in the Metropolitan, West Midlands and Greater Manchester police force areas.

Figures from the British Crime Survey show that offences involving knives remain relatively stable at around 6 to 7 per cent of all violent offences. Data on knife-enabled grievous bodily harm and robbery offences have been collected centrally since April 2007. Figures for 2007-08 will be published in July 2008 in the next annual Crime in England and Wales volume.