§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give, for the longest and most convenient stated period of time, the number of arrests which have taken place, or incidents known to the police, where persons concerned in actual or attempted illegal activities have been in possession of a sawn-off shotgun.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The information requested on numbers of arrests is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Numbers of serious offences recorded by the police in which sawn-off shotguns were reported to have been used are published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—table 3.4 of the volume for 1980, Cmnd. 8376.