HL Deb 09 December 1997 vol 584 c14WA
Lord Burton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In relation to firearms incidents in each of the last three months in each of:

  1. (a) each division of the London Metropolitan Police Area;
  2. (b) the whole London Metropolitan Police Area;
  3. (c) the United Kingdom minus the London Metropolitan Police Area;

for each category of firearm:

  1. (i) how many incidents involved firearms stolen from personal firearms and shotgun certificate holders;
  2. (ii) how many incidents involved weapons stolen from dealer certificate holders;
  3. (iii) how many incidents involved weapons legally held by the offender;
  4. (iv) how many incidents resulted in fatalities; and
  5. (v) how many incidents resulted in injury.

Lord Williams of Mostyn

No information is yet available for the last three months.

The latest available figures relate to the calendar year 1996, and are as follows:

Notifiable offences recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have caused injury—1996
United Kingdom (excluding Metropolitan Police) Metropolitan Police
Fatal injuries Other injuries Fatal injuries Other injuries
Shotgun 26 97 1 11
Pistol 43 260 13 55
Rifle 21
Imitation firearm 22 1
Supposed/unidentified firearm 3 55 4
Other firearm 2 138 1
All weapons(excluding air weapon) 74 593 14 72
Air weapon 1,403 151
Total 74 1,996 14 223

Statistics for each division of the Metropolitan Police area are not readily available. Information for 1996 about whether the weapons were stolen or legally held is not available.