HC Deb 30 April 1998 vol 311 c192W
Mr. Allan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the(a) male and (b) female population (i) under 30 and (ii) over 30 years of age has committed at least one (1) minor criminal offence and (2) serious criminal offence. [40026]

Mr. Michael

The information that is available centrally on the prevalence of offending relates solely to convictions for standard list offences. These include all indictable offences and some of the more serious summary offences (a complete list can be found in Appendices 4 and 5 of Criminal Statistics England and Wales, 1996, Cm 3764). There is no standard definition for seriousness among these offences.

Information on prevalence of offending is contained in "Criminal careers of those born between 1953 and 1973" (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 14/95). It is estimated that among males born in 1953, 31 per cent. had been convicted of a standard list offence by the age of 30, and 34 per cent. before the age of 40. Comparable figures for females were 7 per cent. and 8 per cent. No figures are available for age 40 and over.

Mr. Allan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were for(a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) serious crime and (d) in total, in each year since 1988 for which figures are available. [40021]

Mr. Michael

The information is given in the table.

Number of offenders convicted, at all courts, for certain crimes 1988–1996
England and Wales
Offence description
Year Violent crime1 Car crime2 Serious crime3 Total crime4
1988 65.5 32.7 5396.7 51,604.9
1989 70.9 29.8 5348.8 51,583.5
1990 69.2 30.3 5352.1 51,562.7
1991 63.6 30.5 5346.8 51,519.9
1992 61.6 24.9 5330.1 51,528.4
1993 57.3 22.1 307.6 1,425.3
1994 58.4 21.6 314.1 51,424.6
1995 57.5 20.1 302.2 51,429.7
1996 59.7 20.1 300.6 51,440.8
1Includes the indictable offence groups of violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery and the summary offences of common assault.
2Includes the indictable offences of theft from a vehicle, theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking and the summary offences of stealing and unauthorised taking of a conveyance and aggravated vehicle taking.
3Taken as all indictable offences.
4Taken as all indictable, summary non motoring and summary motoring offences.
5Includes allowance for known shortfalls in the data. It is not possible to produce estimates for the more detailed offence categories.