§ Mr. Barter
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of indictable offences classified as involving violence against the person, by category, becoming known to the police in 1938, 1948 and in each subsequent year.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
Separate statistics are available only in respect of offences under Section 23 (1) of the Larceny Act, 1916 (robbery with violence, armed robbery and robbery in company with others). By 1938 corporal punishment had almost ceased to be used for any of the other offences for which it was in 11W law available as a judicial punishment. The figures are as follows:
Year Number of offences under Section 23 (1) of the Larceny known to the Act, 1916, known to the police 1938 * 1948 978 1949 860 1950 812 1951 633 1952 790 1953 754 1954 604 1955 577 1956 730 * Not available. The total number of offences under Section 23 of the Larceny Act known to the police was 287. This figure includes offences of robbery and assault with intent to rob which were not punishable by corporal punishment.