§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many shotgun certificates were on issue at 31 December in each year from 1985 in each police force area.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
Statistics of shotgun certificates on issue in each police force in England and Wales have been published annually since 1986 in Home Office statistical bulletins "Firearm Certificate Statistics"—prior to 1991, "Statistics on the operation of the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1988"—copies of which are available in the Library. Figures for 1985 are not readily available by police force area.
The bulletin issue numbers are as follows: 2/88, 33/88, 18/89, 26/90, 23/91, 19/92, 23/93.