HC Deb 03 March 2000 vol 345 cc449-50W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his projection for the level of recorded crime from April 1999 to March 2000 for the Metropolitan Police area in relation to(a) burglary of dwellings and (b) robbery against which the five-year crime reduction target has been set. [113023]

Mr. Charles Clarke

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis informs me that the current projections for burglary of a dwelling and robbery offences in the financial year 1999–2000 are:(a) burglary of a dwelling, approximately 79,000; and (b) robbery approximately 36,000.

As part of its strategy to reduce crime in London, the Metropolitan Police have targets to reduce domestic burglaries by 10 per cent. and Street Crime by 15 per cent. over the next five financial years, based on the projected recorded crime figures for the end of the financial year 1999–2000.

Mr. Clappison

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish statistics for(a) crime rates broken down by categories of offences and (b) clear up rates in (i) the areas transferring out of the Metropolitan force and (ii) London boroughs for each of the last two years. [112761]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Most details of notifiable offences, and clear ups, are not collected centrally below police force area level. Details of the numbers of a limited range of offences recorded in Basic Command Units for the six month period ended September 1999, including London boroughs and those areas being transferred from the Metropolitan police to other forces, are included in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin on recorded crime, issue 1/00, published on 18 January and which is available in the Library.