§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has regarding the level of crime in inner city partnership areas; and how these figures compare with average levels of crime in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Mellor
The information available relates to those offences recorded by the police. Statistics of notifiable offences recorded by the police, other than those for the Metropolitan police district, are available centrally only by police force area. They are published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (Table 2.6 of the volume for 1983, Cmnd. 9349). The four inner city partnership areas outside the Metropolitan police district each form only a part of the police force area in which they are contained. The available information for the relevant police force areas and districts within the Metropolitan police district are given in the following table. The offences were not necessarily committed by or against residents of the area or district.
Notifiable offences recorded by the police per 100,000 population 1984 Inner city partnership area Police force area Notifiable offences recorded per 100,000 population In police force area Birmingham West Midlands 9,000 Manchester and Salford Greater Manchester 10,600 Newcastle and Gateshead Northumbria 10,500 Liverpool Merseyside 10,400 Metropolitan Police District Hackney (district G) 15,400 Islington (district N) 15,300 Lambeth (district L) 16,400 MPD total 9,900 England and Wales 7,000