§ Mr. Laws
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) notifiable offences and (b) convictions per notifiable offence there were for each of the last five years in (i) South Somerset and (ii) West Somerset; and what the average figures were in districts within the same departmental family of comparable policing areas. 
§ Mr. Denham
Information referring to number of(a) notifiable offences (b) the number of convictions for notifiable offences and (c) the proportion of convictions per notifiable offence for the Avon and Somerset police force area is given in the following table. Data giving the proportion of convictions per notifiable offence for selected other police force areas are also given.
Data relating to the areas specified in the question are not centrally available for three of the last five years.
Notifiable offences, convictions for notifiable offences and convictions per notifiable offence in the Avon and Somerset police force urea, and convictions per notifiable offence in selected police force areas1 1997–98 to 2001–02 Avon and Somerset4 1997–982 1998–993 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 Notifiable offences 144.556 150,089 147,104 149,254 178,991 Convictions for notifiable offences n/a 16,766 18,743 17,186 n/a Convictions per notifiable offence 0.11 0.13 0.12 n/a Convictions per notifiable offence in selected police force areas Bedfordshire n/a 0.13 0.12 0.12 n/a Cleveland n/a 0.16 0.18 0.17 n/a Derbyshire n/a 0.14 0.15 0.15 n/a
Notifiable offences, convictions for notifiable offences and convictions per notifiable offence in the Avon and Somerset police force area, and convictions per notifiable offence in selected police force areas1 1997–98 to 2001–02 Avon and Somerset4 1997–982 1998–993 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 Dorset n/a 0.15 0.15 0.14 n/a Gloucestershire n/a 0.13 0.14 0.14 n/a Hertfordshire3 n/a 0.17 0.17 0.13 n/a Humberside n/a 0.12 0.13 0.12 n/a Northamptonshire n/a 0.14 0.04 0.12 n/a North Yorkshire n/a 0.19 0 21 0.18 n/a Nottinghamshire n/a 0.13 0 14 0.13 n/a Thames Valley n/a 0.11 0 10 0.11 n/a Warwickshire n/a 0.14 0.12 0.12 n/a n/a = Not available 1 The other police force areas included on this table are those which have similar levels and patterns of recorded crime to Avon and Somerset. 2 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the coverage and rules in use until 31 March 1998. 3 There was an increase in notifiable offences during 2000/2001 due to boundary changes on 1 April 2000. 4 Some police forces adopted the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in advance of the national implementation in April 2002 Changes in crime statistics in these forces will be strongly influenced by the changes in recording practices. Numbers of recorded crimes will be affected by changes in reporting and recording. 5 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998
Criminal Statistics, England and Wales
Crime in England and Wales, 2001–02
Home Office Court Proceedings Database
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 28 October 2002]: The requested details given in the table are based on information available in the Home Office Statistical Bulletins "Crime in England and Wales 2001–02", published in July, and "Police Service Strength—England and Wales, 31 March 2002", published in September. The ratios may have been affected in comparison to the previous year as a result of some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard in advance of its national implementation on 1 April 2002.
Number of crimes recorded by the police per police officer Police force area Crimes per officer1 Avon and Somerset 58 Bedfordshire 49 Cambridgeshire 51 Cheshire 34 Cleveland 49 Cumbria 34 Derbyshire 49 Devon and Cornwall 33 Dorset 40 Durham 31 Essex 38 Gloucestershire 43 Greater Manchester 53 Hampshire 39 Hertfordshire 37
Number of crimes recorded by the police per police officer Police force area Crimes per officer1 Humberside 57 Kent 36 Lancashire 42 Leicestershire 42 Lincolnshire 42 London, City of 13 Merseyside 37 Metropolitan Police 40 Norfolk 40 North Yorkshire 42 Northamptonshire 50 Northumbria 35 Nottinghamshire 68 South Yorkshire 42 Staffordshire 55 Suffolk 42 Surrey 31 Sussex 47 Thames Valley 52 Warwickshire 44 West Mercia 51 West Midlands 48 West Yorkshire 61 Wiltshire 34 1 Based on number of recorded crimes in the year ending March 2002 and the number of full-time equivalent police officers in post on 31 March 2002.