§ Mr. Hamling
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the statistics showing assaults on the police in England and Wales for each of the last five years, and the similar statistics for the Metropolis of London for the last five years.
§ Mr. Sharples
The information available relates to persons found guilty of offences classified as "assaults on constable" the figures are as follows:
1966 6,741 1967 7,246 1968 7,609 1969 7,599 1970 7,989
The number of these persons found guilty in the Metropolitan Police District was 2,006 in 1969 and 2,242 in 1970. Figures for earlier years could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.