HC Deb 26 January 2004 vol 417 cc208-9W
Ms Abbott

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings his Department has had with community organisations working to combat gun crime. [149785]

Caroline Flint

We have held three round-table meetings on gun crime, the most recent on 25 November 2003. These have included representatives from community groups and organisations. The meetings have provided opportunities to take stock of existing action to tackle gun crime and gun culture and have helped to inform our forward approach.

In addition, the Home Office hosted a major gun crime/community involvement event in Birmingham on 19 and 20 January this year. The event brought together individuals from communities, local groups, voluntary organisations, young people, the police and policy makers to explore the nature of gun crime and gun culture and to help identify what more can be done to tackle these issues.