§ 49. Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the figures for reported crime in Somerset and Avon for 1988.
§ Mr. John Patten
It is planned to publish 1988 figures for all forces in a Home Office Statistical Bulletin in the week beginning 13 March. Figures for the 12 months ending 30 September 1988 show that recorded crime in the Avon and Somerset police force area rose by 1 per cent. compared with the 12 months ending 30 September 1987. Between the calendar years 1988 and 1987 there will be a small decrease.