HC Deb 28 January 1958 vol 581 c59W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the number of crimes of murder brought to the notice of the police in England and Wales during each month from April to December, 1957, inclusive; and how these figures compare with the same months during 1956.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The numbers of murders recorded as known to the police in England and Wales in the months in question are as follows:

1956 1957
April 12 27
May 16 21
June 15 34
July 15 15
August 11 20
September 13 11
October 24 18
November 14 13
December 19 17
139 176

The figures include some cases which have been, or may be, found not to be murders. Since the more recent figures cannot yet be adjusted by deducting such cases, all the figures are given in the unadjusted form in order to provide a comparison.