DATA RELEASED IN PARLIAMENTARY ANSWERS

 

Data on gun incidents in the UK are often provided as Answers to Parliamentary questions.

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c. Firearms Crime

Answer given by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker to question from Cheryl Gillan (11 June 2008)

Firearm offences (excluding air weapon offences) and injuries: per 100,000 population (England and Wales)

 

Period Region Number of Offences Offences per 100,000 offences Number of Injuries Injuries per 100,000 offences
           
1997-98 England 4808 10 797 2
  Wales 95 3 7 0
1998-99(1) England 5109 10 857 2
  Wales 100 3 8 0
1999-2000 England 6749 14 1186 2
  Wales 94 3 9 0
2000-01 England 7361 15 1346 3
  Wales 110 4 36 1
2001-02(2) England 9918 20 1855 4
  Wales 106 4 24 1
2002-03 England 10087 19 2119 4
  Wales 161 6 60 2
2003-04 England 10169 19 2313 4
  Wales 169 6 54 2
2004-05(3) England 10780 20 3780 7
  Wales 289 10 124 4
2005-06 England 10855 20 3727 7
  Wales 233 8 95 3
2006-07 England 9435 18 2911 5
  Wales 215 7 100 3

 

(1) There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1999

(2) Figures may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002

(3) More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons