HC Deb 17 February 1982 vol 18 cc121-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of robbery and other violent theft, burglary and armed robbery were reported in each month of 1980 and 1981 in the Metropolitan police districts which cover the area of the London borough of Newham.

Mr. Mayhew

I shall reply as soon as possible.

Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many elderly people were victims of violent crime in the past five years; and whether he is satisfied with assistance available to them after attacks of this kind.

Mr. Mayhew

This information is not collected centrally.

My right hon. Friend is satisfied with the arrangements for financial compensation, through the criminal injuries compensation scheme, for personal injuries arising from crimes of violence. In addition, victims of violent crime, particularly the old, often need psychological support and practical help and advice. This is best provided locally and the Government therefore welcome the admirable work of local victims support schemes. The Government are helping to promote the expansion and development of such schemes by giving grant aid towards the administrative costs of the National Association of Victims' Support Schemes.