HC Deb 07 July 1960 vol 626 c53W
58. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures he has relating to blackmail cases, for the last five years, showing the extent to which heterosexual and homosexual activities, respectively, were a constituent element in these cases.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The numbers of offences of blackmail known to the police in the last five years have been as follows:

1955 92
1956 119
1957 121
1958 164
1959 160

I regret that the statistics do not show the extent to which sexual activities were a constituent element in these cases, and the information could not be obtained without extensive inquiries which I do not consider justified.