§ 72. Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the figures for reported crime in the Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley police force area fell by 9 per cent. compared with the 12 months ending 30 September 1987. The change between the calendar years 1988 and 1987 will be similar.