Home Office written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many historic crimes will feature in this year's crime figures.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are responsible for crime statistics. Any historical crime that is brought to the attention of and recorded by the police will be included in the quarterly statistics for the period it was recorded in.

The Home Office (via the Home Office Data Hub) collects limited information on the date of offence for some crime types and some forces. For example, for sexual offences, the Home Office was able to supply data for the ONS to use in their quarterly Crime in England and Wales publications to highlight the impact of Operation Yewtree and the large number of historical offences that were reported to the police.

The Home Office is also unable to provide prior information of statistics in upcoming publications.

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