HC Deb 12 February 1997 vol 290 cc212-3W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private motor vehicles have been stolen and not recovered in the past five years in the United Kingdom. [15181]

Mr. Maclean

The available information relates to recorded offences of theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and is given in the table. The information given relates to England and Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the respective Secretaries of State.

Notifiable offences of theft of motor vehicles recorded by the police
England and Wales
Year Recorded offences1 Vehicles recovered Vehicles not recovered2
1991 581,901 372,412 209,489
19923 586,362 363,956 222,406
19933 596,128 350,862 245,266
19943 540,639 315,111 225,258
19954 448,143 283,903 164,240

(1) Includes attempts. Please note that it is not possible to exclude attempts for all forces.

(2) The number of vehicles recovered subtracted from the number of recorded offences.

(3) Excluding Dyfed-Powys.

(4) Excluding Metropolitan Police and Dyfed-Powys.