§ 21. Mr. Patchett
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the increase in robbery (a) between 1974 and 1979 and (b) from 1979 to 1986.
§ Mr. Mellor
The number of offences of robbery recorded by the police in England and Wales increased by an average of 7.6 per cent. a year between 1974 and 1979. In the last five years the average increase was 8.1 per cent.