HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 c531W
Dr. Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of firearms-related crimes involved licensed pistols in the last available three years. [33244]

Mr. Maclean

Thirty per cent. of notifiable offences recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have been used in England and Wales in 1992 involved pistols. The figure for 1993 was also 30 per cent. and that for 1994, 23 per cent.

Information is not collected centrally on whether these weapons are licensed. Most firearms used in crime are not covered or are untraceable because their serial numbers have been removed.