HC Deb 05 November 1976 vol 918 cc726-7W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many offences pistols were used and how many involved long-barrelled shotguns in each of the last three years; and how many persons were licensed to keep shotguns and pistols.

Dr. Summerskill

The number of indictable offences recorded as known to the police in England and Wales in which pistols and long-barrelled shotguns were reported to have been used is as follows:

1973 247
1974 350
1975 476

1973 326
1974 339
1975 437

Statistics of persons authorised to possess firearms are not prepared annually, and we have no means of distinguishing between firearm certificates granted in respect of pistols and those relating to other weapons. In 1974, 185,865 firearm certificates and 766,952 shotgun certificates were held by persons in England and Wales, but I regret that comparable figures for 1973 and 1975 are not available.