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Roads: Fatal Accidents

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatal and serious road traffic accidents involved police vehicles in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. [HL5050]

Figures available centrally show the numbers of casualties and degree of injury in road traffic collisions involving police vehicles in emergency/pursuit.

Figures for 2007-08 have been provided for 38 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. They show that there were (a) 11 fatal injuries and (b) 87 serious injuries.

Figures for 2006-07 have been provided for 41 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. They show that there were (a) 19 fatal injuries and (b) 136 serious injuries.

Figures for 2005-06 have been provided for 42 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. They show that there were (a) 26 fatal injuries and (b) 85 serious injuries.

The data provided here are a supplementary series collected on behalf and released with the approval of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). These data are normally used for inspection purposes only.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider further action to reduce the number of fatal and serious road traffic accidents involving police vehicles. [HL5051]

We are working to develop a statutory code of practice on the management of police pursuits. Pending issue of such a code, we put out on 13 July to chief officers of police a Home Office circular announcing our intention and urging, in the mean time, compliance with the existing guidance issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers from which we propose to develop the code.