HC Deb 22 January 2001 vol 361 cc491-2W
Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops and searches were conducted in each police force area in England and Wales in each month of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by ethnic origin of the person stopped; how many resulted in an arrest; and if he will make a statement. [146287]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Information on stops and searches is not collected centrally on a monthly basis, and information on the ethnicity of those persons stopped and searched has only been collected since 1 April 1997.

Annual figures for each police force are contained in "Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System", 1998, 1999 and 2000, Home Office publications under section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, copies of which are in the Library. A quarterly breakdown of these figures is not possible without disproportionate cost.