§ Mr. Forman
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the increase in the number of acts of vandalism known to the police in real numbers and in percentage terms in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Greater London Area, and (c) the London borough of Sutton, when comparing the latest full year for which figures are available with 1964, 1970 and 1974, respectively.
Number of offences* Increase Percentage increase Area 1964–777 1970–77† 1974–77 1964–77† 1970–77† 1974–77 England and Wales 115,990 106,005 56,795 1,470 593 85 Greater London‡ 27,125 24,212 14,486 1,747 542 102 * Excluding offences of "other criminal damage" value £20 and under. † Adjusted for changes in legislation; however, figures for 1964 and 1970 are not entirely comparable with those for 1977. ‡ Comprises the Metropolitan Police district and the City of London.
(a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Greater London area, and (c) the London borough of Sutton, when comparing the latest full year for which figures are available with 1964, 1970, and 1974, respectively.
§ Mr. John
There is no specific offence of vandalism: the following figures relate to offences of criminal damage and malicious damage.
Information relating to the London borough of Sutton is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Offences of criminal and malicious damage1 recorded by the police—