HC Deb 16 February 1961 vol 634 c1752
32. Mr. Lagden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults, rapes, and murders were known to the police during the months of November and December, 1960, and January, 1961.

Mr. Vosper

I regret that figures for January, 1961, are not yet available, and that there are no statistics of non-indictable assaults known to the police. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table giving for November and December, 1960, the other figures asked for.

Mr. Lagden

While anticipating the figures which will eventually be given, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether the Home Secretary will give an undertaking to view with an open mind all deterrents for these crimes of violence?

Mr. Vosper

I think that the answer to that is, "Yes, Sir".

Following is the information:
Offence Number of offences initially recorded as known to the police in November and December, 1960
Attempted murder 35 3,970
Felonious wounding 358
Malicious wounding 2,149
Indictable assault 35
Indecent assault on a woman 1,393
Rape 84
Murder* 42
* These figures are subject to reclassification if the offence is later found not to be murder.