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Julian Huppert (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason her Department has ceased regular publication of statistics on police use of Taser weapons; when data from the fourth quarter of 2009 and from 2010 will be published; whether routine publication will resume; and if she will take steps to provide timely and informative statistics in future publications.

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Nick Herbert (The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)

holding answer 3 February 2011

The next set of figures on the reported and recorded uses of Taser by police forces in England and Wales since introduction in April 2004 up to 31 March 2010 are being validated and will be published in the spring.

The Government are committed both to transparency on the use of Taser and to reducing data burdens on police forces and is currently reviewing the future collection and publication of Taser statistics.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 9:43 pm (Report this annotation)

An article describing the background to this question is at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/publication-taser-statistic.html

A FOI request for the current publication schedule for TASER statistics has been made at:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/taser_statistics_publi...

In the absence of timely publication of statistics collated by the Home Office Channel Four News has surveyed police forces via Freedom of Information requests:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/large-rise-in-uk-police-taser-use.h...

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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