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Volume 704: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In each of the past five years, what proportion of crime recorded in the United Kingdom was e-crime. [HL5205]

The requested information is not collected centrally. Police recorded crime data do not differentiate whether crime has been committed in an “e-crime” environment.

The national crime recording standard (NCRS) and Home Office counting rules (HOCR) are the nationally agreed mechanism for police to record crime. They are both publicly available documents that can be accessed at:

Forces return data according to the rules laid out in the Home Office counting rules, but there is not a requirement to separately identify whether this was a result of an “e-crime”.