§ 23. Sir B. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the number of cases of injuries resulting from the use of airguns and shotguns in the years 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1961, respectively; how many of these were fatal; how many were serious; and how many of them were due to air weapons used by young people up to the age of 14 years and between the ages of 14 and 17, respectively.
§ Mr. Renton
Complete information is available only in respect of the years 1957, 1958 and 1959. Since the Answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Sir B. Janner
Is the Minister aware that information can be obtained from the local authorities, or some of them, in respect of some of these years? Is he also aware that a very serious position is disclosed by the figures in various localities and in London by these unhappy cases, and that those aged 14 to 17 form a large proportion of the persons concerned in committing these offences? 1549 Will he see to it that something is done by the Government to put the position in order?
|Year||Age of User||Shotguns (see note (a))||Air Weapons (see note (b))|
|Total injuries||Fatal injuries||Serious injuries||Total injuries||Serious injuries|
|(a) These figures do not include suicides or attempted suicides. During the three years ended 31st December, 1959, 373 persons committed suicide and 25 persons attempted to commit suicide by using a shotgun.|
|(b) There were no fatal injuries resulting from the use of airguns.|