Oral Answers to Questions — Crimes of Violence

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of stabbing have occurred since the beginning of 1952; how the number compares with previous years; and what were the different kinds of instruments used.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I regret that this information is not available. I have, however, ascertained that during the first six months of this year 27 cases of stabbing were known to the police in the Metropolitan Police district. In most of these cases the weapon used was a knife of one sort or another, but in a few cases a dagger was used, and in one case a bayonet.

Photo of Mr Ian Harvey Mr Ian Harvey , Harrow East

Has my right hon and learned Friend taken into consideration the stabs in the back received by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition?

Photo of Mr Robert Crouch Mr Robert Crouch , North Dorset

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence have been notified to the police in England and Wales during the 12 months ended 31st May; how many offenders were brought before the courts; how many received sentences of over two years' imprisonment; and what were the corresponding figures for the 12 months ended 31st May, 1937.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

This information is not available for the precise periods asked for, but I am circulating in the OFFICIAL. REPORT certain statistics for the years 1951 and 1936.

Photo of Mr Robert Crouch Mr Robert Crouch , North Dorset

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the public alarm at the number of crimes of violence occurring at the present time, and can he state what additional steps may be taken to try to prevent this wave of crimes?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

This is a question which I have very much, and constantly, in mind.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Will the Home Secretary have a word with the Lord Chief Justice about this, too?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I shall take into account all expressions of opinion.

Following are the statistics:During 1951, 7,188 offences of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, wounding, indictable assault, robbery and rape were known to the police in England and Wales. Four thousand two hundred and seventy-four persons were found guilty of such offences, and of those persons convicted at assizes and quarter sessions, 269 were sentenced to preventive detention or to imprisonment or corrective training for more than two years. In 1936, 2,533 such offences were known to the police. One thousand four hundred and twenty-two persons were found guilty of such offences. Sixty-eight of the persons convicted at assizes and quarter sessions were sentenced to penal servitude for three years or more.