§ Mr. McLoughlin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how may crimes were committed per head of population in West Derbyshire police force areas in the last five years for which figures are available; 
(2) how many deaths there have been because of (a) dangerous driving, (b) driving under the influence of illegal drugs and (c) driving under the influence of alcohol in (i) West Derbyshire and (ii) East Midlands in each year since 2001. 
§ Ms Blears
Information on the total number of crimes in West Derbyshire is not available centrally. Recorded crimes per head of population relating to relating to the Derbyshire Constabulary area is given in the table.
Number of crimes recorded by the police per 1,000 population Derbyshire 1998–991 87 1999–2000 88 2000–01 84 2001–02 92 2002–032 108
1There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which had the affect of increasing the number of crimes counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date, and figures calculated from them, are therefore not directly comparable.
2The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was introduced in the Derbyshire Constabulary area in April 2002. Nationally, the NCRS has had the effect of increasing the number or rimes recorded by the police. Therefore, following the introduction of the Standard numbers of recorded crimes and figures derived from them are not comparable with previous years.
Statistics on the number of deaths caused by dangerous driving, driving under the influence of illegal drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol, are not available.