HC Deb 11 March 1987 vol 112 c215W
Mr. Chris Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury of 17 February, Official Report, column 557, what is the ratio of the number of fatal accidents, the number of persons killed and the number of persons injured in Metropolitan police vehicle accidents to the total mileage travelled by Metropolitan police vehicles in each of the years 1984, 1985 and 1986; and how this compares in each case to the equivalent ratio of vehicle accidents, fatalities and injuries to total vehicle mileage for all vehicles in the Greater London area.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has provided the following information on the ratio between accidents involving police vehicles and the distances travelled by all police vehicles in the Metropolitan police district. Distance is given in vehicle kilometres for ease of comparison with the available accident figures for all vehicles.

Fatal accidents Persons killed Persons injured
1984 1: 8,684,985 1: 7,237,487 Not available
1985 1:13,749,486 1:11,785,274 11:56,350
1986 1:18,832,504 1:15,066,003 1:88,208
1 Period 1 October to 31 December 1985 only.

The information collected on accidents involving all vehicles is not directly comparable because it relates to Greater London rather than the Metropolitan police district and includes accidents and mileage only on motorways and class A(M) and A roads. The available information is given in the following table. Figures for 1986 are not yet available.

Number of kilometres travelled per incident
Fatal accident Persons killed Persons injured
1984 1:40,650,400 1:39,379,652 1:476,347
1985 1:45,662,100 1:44,383,954 1:485,169

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