Crime Statistics

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1987.

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Photo of Mr John Patten Mr John Patten , Oxford West and Abingdon 12:00 am, 16th July 1987

I do not have the figures on street crime at my fingertips because the lock on my Red Box jammed and it was only with the help of the policeman behind the Chair and a screwdriver that I was able to open it for 2.30 pm. I shall write to my hon. Friend with those details. I know that one of the main aims of the Metropolitan police force is to stamp out as vigorously as possible those forms of violent crime, and the courts have available an equally vigorous range of penalties to punish those who are convicted.