HC Deb 04 February 2002 vol 379 c675W
Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) deaths and (b) incidents of serious injury involving police vehicles have been recorded in each of the past five years. [30822]

Mr. Denham

The available information is set out in the table and relates to the number of serious injuries and deaths involving police vehicles engaged in immediate/ emergency response or pursuit.

Deaths Serious injury
1996–97 15 207
1997–98 15 200
1998–99 11 210
1999–2000 14 115
2000–01 18 160


1.The information has been provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), to which forces submit statistical returns.

2.Two forces did not submit a return in 1996–97, one force did not submit a return in 1998–99 and 2000–01.

3.All figures for financial year.

4.The figures are numbers of deaths/injuries, not numbers of accidents.

5.The figures include both police and civilian casualties.