HC Deb 07 May 1987 vol 115 cc508-9W
7. Mrs. Clwyd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the most recent clear-up rates for each police force area in England and Wales for all recorded crimes.

Mr. Mellor

As the answer is in the form of a table I will, with permission, circulate it in theOfficial Report. In 1986, the police cleared up:12 per cent. of all recorded notifiable offences in England and Wales.

Ratio of notifiable offences1 recorded to notifiable offences cleared up by the police, 1986
England and Wales Percentages
Avon and Somerset 29
Bedfordshire 29
Cambridgeshire 37
Cheshire 43
Cleveland 34
Cumbria 42
Derbyshire 48
Devon and Cornwall 40
Dorset 34
Durham 39
Essex 37
Gloucestershire 30
Greater Manchester 27
Hampshire 33
Hertfordshire 46
Humberside 30
Kent 34
Lancashire 45
Leicestershire 44
Lincolnshire 36
London, City of 13
Merseyside 37
Metropolitan Police 16
Norfolk 36
Northamptonshire 31
Northumbria 40
North Yorkshire 32
Nottinghamshire 33
South Yorkshire 43
Staffordshire 44
Suffolk 41
Surrey 34
Sussex 30
Thames Valley 35
Warwickshire 36
West Mercia 41

England and Wales Percentages
West Midlands 29
West Yorkshire 38
Wiltshire 36
Dyfed-Powys 51
Gwent 50
North Wales 32
South Wales 39
England and Wales 32
1 Excluding offences of "other criminal damage" value £20 or under.

27. Dr. McDonald

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the clear-up rate of crime in England and Wales.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

We have taken steps to increase the resources in money, equipment and manpower available to the police; but it is for chief officers to take operational decisions about what proportion of their available resources should be devoted to the investigation of crime in general or of particular crimes.