HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 c316W
52. Mr. Dickens

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent trend in crimes of unlawful killing.

Mr. Mellor

The trend in the incidence of offences initially recorded as homicide has been slightly upwards over the past decade, but particular years can show considerable variations in the number of type of homicide recorded. The number recorded in 1984 was less than that in either 1979 or 1980.