§ 38. Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the percentage increase in the number of offences and crimes made known to the police involving the use of firearms over the past 10 years.
§ Mr. Mellor
Statistics of notifiable offences recorded by the police in which firearms of all types, including air weapons, were reported to have been used are published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", (tables 3.1 and 3.2 of the latest edition, for 1985, Cm. 10). In 1985, 9,742 such offences were recorded, 153 per cent. more than in 1975.