§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the 1981 police detection rate for serious crimes for each metropolitan county council area police force; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The information requested is given in the following table:
Clear-up rate for the total of serious offences* recorded by the police in the police force areas covering metropolitan counties. Police force area Percentage Greater Manchester 41 Merseyside 34 Metropolitan Police District 17 Northumbria 50 South Yorkshire 50 West Midlands 32 West Yorkshire 41 * Excluding figures for 'other criminal damage' value £20 and under.
These rates are dependent upon many factors which differ between police force areas.