§ Mr. Boateng
Figures for 1998 are not yet available. The overall figures for 1996 and 1997 for the North West (including Merseyside) and North East government regions are as follows:
Year Sexual offences recorded by the police Offenders convicted for sexual offences 1996 5,059 1,004 1997 5,581 1,003
It is important to note that the figures for offences reported and convictions are not directly comparable because convictions relate to offenders.