29. Fourth supplementary memorandum
submitted by the Home Office
Information in relation to the ethnicity of
victims of crime is already published in Black and Minority
ethnic groups' experiences and perceptions of crime, racially
motivated crime and the police: Findings from the 2004-05 British
Crime Survey (Jansson 2006). Information about the ethnicity
of victims of homicide is also published in the annual Section
95 statistics. During the evidence session on 13 March Baroness
Scotland provided the Committee with information on the ethnicity
of victims of gun crime where there was either fatal or slight
injury. This information was published recently as part of the
response to a written Parliamentary Question.
In light of the discussion during the evidence
session and the Committee's further request by email, officials
have checked again to see if there is any further relevant data
on the ethnicity of perpetrators that could be provided following
Baroness Scotland's evidence, in which she stated that we do not
have data which tells us that the perpetrators of firearms offences
are more likely to be black.
Information about the ethnicity of suspects
for gun homicides (a small subset of gun crime) is collected by
police forces but not routinely published by the Home Office.
In response to the Committee's request officials are undertaking
a specific exercise to collate and check this administrative data
and expect to have some information by Friday 13 April 2007. Please
note the numbers for gun homicides are too small to provide a
reliable measure of the ethnicity of perpetrators of gun crime
as a whole. Officials have also looked at the court proceedings
database to see if there is further reliable information on the
ethnicity of those proceeded against for firearms offences. This
information is incomplete with regard to ethnicity and, as it
reflects only those proceeded against, would not provide robust
data on the ethnicity of perpetrators of firearms offences.
We will provide the information on the ethnicity
of suspects in gun homicides as soon as it becomes available but
there is therefore no further information we are able to provide
to the Committee at this time.