§ Mr. Brittan
Information is not available centrally on the number of offences involving aerosols. There is no legally defined offence of vandalism; such acts are likely to be classified as offences of criminal damage. The total numbers of offences of violence against the person and of criminal damage recorded by the police in England and Wales in the first three quarters of 1979 will be published on 6 December in Home Office "Statistical Bulletin 11/79", a copy of which will be placed in the Library of the House.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
No. I have no evidence to suggest that the provisions of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 and section 5(1)(b) of the Firearms Act 1968 are inadequate to deal with the use of aerosols as offensive weapons.