§ Mrs Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were killed by a firearm in(a) the UK and (b) Sefton in each of the past 10 years. 966W
§ Ms Blears
The number of homicides committed using firearms in England and Wales in the last 10 years are given in the table.
Number of firearm homicides1 1992 56 1993 74 1994 66 1995 70 1996 49 1997 59 1997–98 54 1998–99 49 1999–2000 62 2000–01 73 2001–02 97 1 Figures are on a calendar year basis from 1992 to 1997, and thereafter on a financial year basis (12 months to March).
Numbers of other firearm deaths are not collected by the Home Office.
Numbers of firearm offences are not available centrally by local authority area.
Information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.