§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the reasons for the long delay in publishing the current year's figures for criminal statistics for England and Wales; and if he will take steps to speed up their publication.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Figures for notifiable offences recorded by the police in the first three quarters of 1982 were published at the usual times; those for the third quarter were published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin Issue No. 27/82 on 15 December 1982. The notes in each bulletin give the planned time of the next issue. The annual publication "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1981", Cmnd. 8668, was published on 21 October 1982, on about the same date as last year.