HL Deb 11 July 2002 vol 637 cc101-2WA
Lord Campbell of Croy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many accidents involving police cars occurred in England and Wales in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. [HL5015]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

The available information is set out below. The figures include all incidents in which a police vehicle sustained damage, ranging from minor collisions in police station yards through to more serious accidents on public roads.

Year Number of accidents
1996–97 16,908
1997–98 16,946
1998–99 17,338
1999–2000 18,068
2000–01 19,266


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

(ii) Data for 1996–97 are missing from one force.

(iii) All figures are for each financial year.