§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders in Crosby were committed by a person well known to the victim in the last five years; and what proportion of the total number of murders in Crosby during this period this represents. 
§ Ms Blears:
The data have been obtained from the homicide index as it stood on 8 October 2002. Figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and the courts, or as further information becomes available.
Information is held centrally in the form of homicide (i.e. murder, manslaughter and infanticide) by police force area. Therefore, figures can only be provided for Merseyside Police Force Area as a whole.
available. Revisions to the data will particularly affect the numbers detected in the most recent years as longer cases are solved.
Information is held centrally in the form of homicide (ie murder, manslaughter and infanticide) by police force area. Therefore, figures can be provided only for Merseyside Police Force Area as a whole.
Currently recorded homicide by Merseyside Police:
(5) if he will make a statement on the level of assaults in Romford in 2002; 
(6) how many incidents of arson there were in Romford in (a) 2002 and (b) each of the preceding 10 years; 
(7) if he will make a statement on the level of stabbings in (a) Romford and (b) other London boroughs in 2002; 
(8) how many rape offences there were in (a) Romford and (b) the London borough of Havering in each of the past 10 years. 33W
§ Ms Blears:
Recorded crime statistics below police force area level are collected on a basic command unit (BCU) basis. Figures at BCU level for England and Wales are available for six key offences for the financial years 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03. The area of Romford is included within the Metropolitan police BCU of Havering.
The six key offences recorded are violence against the person (total), sexual offences (total), robbery, burglary in a dwelling, theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a vehicle. At BCU level, numbers of murders, assaults, shoplifting, arson, stabbings and rape offences are not available centrally. The available figures are given in the table.
Basic command unit—recorded crime for vehicle crime offences for 2002–03 London region Basic command unit Police force Theft of a motor vehicle,
offences recorded 2002–03
Theft from a vehicle,
offences recorded 2002–03
Bishopsgate1 London, City of 202 191 Snowhill1 London, City of 132 169 Barking and Dagenham Metropolitan Police 1,489 1,678 Barnet Metropolitan Police 1,801 3,239 Bexley Metropolitan Police 1,455 2,022 Brent Metropolitan Police 1,747 2,897 Bromley Metropolitan Police 2,095 3,339 Camden Metropolitan Police 1,919 7,139 City of Westminster Metropolitan Police 1,464 4,582 Croydon Metropolitan Police 2,341 3,352 Ealing Metropolitan Police 2,484 5,925 Enfield Metropolitan Police 2,033 3,198 Greenwich Metropolitan Police 2,370 3,293 Hackney Metropolitan Police 2,495 4,911 Hammersmith and Fulham Metropolitan Police 1,130 4,476 Haringey Metropolitan Police 2,449 4,067 Harrow Metropolitan Police 1,025 2,085 Havering Metropolitan Police 1,654 2,230 Heathrow Metropolitan Police 61 309 Hillingdon Metropolitan Police 1,632 3,689 Hounslow Metropolitan Police 1,487 3,751 Islington Metropolitan Police 2,351 5,003 Kensington and Chelsea Metropolitan Police 1,066 3,185 Kingston upon Thames Metropolitan Police 437 938 Lambeth Metropolitan Police 2,648 5,272 Lewisham Metropolitan Police 1,986 2,420 Merton Metropolitan Police 938 1,512 Newham Metropolitan Police 3,657 5,005 Redbridge Metropolitan Police 1,981 3,615 Richmond upon Thames Metropolitan Police 615 1,740 Southwark Metropolitan Police 2,659 4,988 Sutton Metropolitan Police 822 1,577 Tower Hamlets Metropolitan Police 2,260 6,026 Waltham Forest Metropolitan Police 2,217 3,818 Wandsworth Metropolitan Police 1,637 3,706 1 The City of London has a small resident population but provides policing services to between 3–400,000 commuters and visitors each weekday. Performance measures based on crime per 1,000 resident population produce an unrealistic picture of a high level of crime, which does not reflect the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime in the City. Note: Crimes recorded by the Metropolitan police's special operations unit have not been included in this table.