HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c117W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidences of street crime were reported(a) to the police in Lancashire and (b) in each police authority area in Wales in each year since 1997. [58836]

Mr. Denham

Recorded offences of robbery between April 1997 to March 2001 for Lancashire and each police authority area in Wales are set out in the table.

Recorded offences of robbery 1997 to 2001 (April to March)
Financial year April to March
Police force 1998 1999 2000 2001
Lancashire 887 982 1,058 1,224
Dyfed Powys 33 42 28 23
Gwent 160 173 216 244
North Wales 118 127 146 163
South Wales 475 511 519 460


New Home Office counting rules were introduced in April 1998. This change to recording practices is estimated to have added an additional one per cent. to the level of recorded robbery in England and Wales.

The Home Office routinely publishes statistics on recorded crime on a yearly basis including the offence of robbery (both against the person and against commercial premises). The latest publicly available recorded crime statistics cover the period April 2000 to March 2001.