§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children's certificates have been issued to licensed premises in each county or metropolitan authority in England and Wales. 
Notifiable offences recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have been used and as a percentage of all notifiable offences of that type Homicide Other violence against the person Sexual offences Burglary Robbery Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage 1995 45 7.3 3,005 2.5 18 20.0 125 10.0 2.531 9.2 19951 70 9.4 2,614 1.2 12 20.0 268 20.0 3,963 5.8 1 Provisional figures. 2 Less than 0.05 per cent.
The available information on offences involving the use of knives relates to 1988 and 1989 and is from an ad hoc survey concerning offences of violence against the person, robbery, aggravated burglary and sexual offences recorded by the police in which knives were involved. The results were published in table 2.24 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1989". A copy of this publication is in the Library.
In addition, it is known that in offences currently recorded as homicide, 97 involved the use of a sharp instrument in 1985–35 per cent. of currently recorded homicide offences. The provisional figures for 1995 are 192 and 41 per cent. respectively.
§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were proceeded against for having an article with a blade or point in a public place; and how many were found guilty for the last year for which figures are available; 
(2) how many people were proceeded against for possession of an offensive weapon; and how many were found guilty for the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Kirkhope
The information requested is contained in table 2 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Liquor Licensing Statistics Children's Certificates: England and Wales, January 1995-June 1996", a copy of which is in the Library.