House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for
15 June 1999.
"Mr BakerTo ask the Secretary of
State for the Home Department how many (a) illegally held guns
and (b) legally held handguns have been handed in since 1 May
Mr BoatengInformation on the number of
illegally or legally held handguns handed into the police on a
routine basis is not kept centrally.
Following the passage of the Firearms (Amendment)
Act 1997, which prohibited large and small-calibre handguns, a
total of 162,198 handguns were surrendered to the police in England,
Scotland and Wales.
Mr BakerTo ask the Secretary of State
for the Home Department how many incidents involving handguns
have been recorded for each month since May 1997. 
Mr Boatengthe figures for notifiable
offences recorded by the police in which handguns were reported
to have been used in England and Wales since 1 May 1997 are set
out in the table. The figures for 1998 are provisional and currently
available for only the first three months of the year.
|Month||Number of offences
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