§ 49. Mr. Gurden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the rise in figures of indictable offences committed in 1960 in Birmingham and the Midlands; and if he will give comparable figures for the various categories of such offences for the past five years.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The number of indictable offences known to the police in the Midlands generally increased in 1960 to a greater extent than in England and
|INDICTABLE OFFENCES KNOWN TO THE POLICE IN BIRMINGHAM, 1956–1960|
|Violence against the person||…||189||189||228||264||378|
|Breaking and Entering||…||2,043||2,586||3,317||3,543||4,843|
|Frauds and False Pretences||…||402||349||497||408||376|
|Increase 1957–56:||Increase 1958–57:||Increase 1960–59:||Increase 1959–58:|
|per cent.||per cent.||per cent.||per cent.|
§ Wales as a whole. In Birmingham there was a 24 per cent. increase over 1959. I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the detailed figures for the last five years. The corresponding increase for seven other large Midland police districts—Coventry, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire—was 14 per cent., and for England and Wales as a whole 10.1 per cent.
§ Mr. Gurden
Will my right hon. Friend consider tackling this problem on a very much wider front than detection and detention? Could not we have a national campaign for cleaning up places of entertainment and attack this matter on a national front?
§ Mr. Butler
I have already had one conference with representatives of the teachers, the Churches, and as far as I can, with societies in the social field which are concerned with this matter, and I hope to follow up this initiative. If I can have the help of my hon. Friend I will gladly consult him.
§ Mr. Butler
I should not like to give a full answer to that question today. I am contemplating a further statement on the subject.
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