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Firearms

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) firearms, (b) imitation firearms and (c) knives were voluntarily surrendered to the police in each police force area in each of the last 10 years. [206486]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not regularly collected centrally.

During the firearms amnesty held in April 2003, 43,908 firearms and more than one million rounds of ammunition were surrendered. The breakdown by force area and type of firearms is in the following tables.

A national knife amnesty was held from 24 May to 30 June 2006. The breakdown of the numbers of items handed in by police force area is shown in the table.


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Firearms and ammunition handed in during the firearms amnesty 2003
Prohibited f irearms
Police force Total number of guns Total number of rounds of ammunition Fully automatic Handguns Rifles Section 5 shotguns Other sec 5 firearms Total

Avon and Somerset

1,309

45,000

2

148

1

1

0

152

Bedfordshire

298

5,552

0

48

1

6

0

55

Cambridgeshire

579

9,639

0

69

2

0

2

73

Cheshire

683

10,627

1

137

0

3

2

143

Cleveland

212

3,979

0

23

1

1

3

28

Cumbria

572

10,503

0

87

0

2

0

89

Derbyshire

732

4,715

1

69

1

7

0

78

Devon and Cornwall

2,233

38,110

1

378

20

2

35

436

Dorset

698

18,826

0

174

8

28

4

214

Durham

367

7,112

0

39

0

0

0

39

Essex

1,367

20,973

0

170

0

6

2

178

Gloucestershire

272

1,450

0

56

0

0

1

57

Greater Manchester

2,662

43,317

3

199

3

2

3

210

Hampshire

1,540

42,795

2

183

2

5

3

195

Hertfordshire

680

14,504

0

133

18

20

4

175

Humberside

622

19,802

3

72

3

5

3

86

Kent

1,287

62,142

0

217

3

12

2

234

Lancashire

1,038

15,843

0

117

12

6

3

138

Leicestershire

792

245

1

66

0

1

0

68

Lincolnshire

1,019

14,136

0

62

2

0

0

64

London, City of

14

217

0

3

0

1

1

5

Merseyside

924

15,869

0

105

0

1

1

107

Metropolitan Police

3,189

75,606

9

606

14

39

85

753

Norfolk

965

13,301

0

106

0

2

1

109

Northampton

523

12,798

0

63

0

4

3

70

Northumbria

969

16,775

0

94

2

8

1

105

North Yorkshire

617

6,557

0

74

0

2

3

79

Nottingham

908

34,712

1

82

1

1

0

85

South Yorkshire

407

4,567

1

74

3

1

3

82

Staffordshire

823

49,271

2

99

3

7

3

114

Suffolk

1,219

23,801

2

141

0

6

4

153

Surrey

1,157

31,806

6

174

0

5

15

200

Sussex

1,997

32,702

0

273

1

6

6

286

Thames Valley

1,189

23,877

1

241

11

38

5

296

Warwickshire

453

8,563

1

50

4

0

2

57

West Mercia

1,029

28,072

20

101

0

2

9

132

West Midlands

1,265

53,190

1

168

6

1

3

179

West Yorkshire

635

11,493

1

128

0

5

0

134

Wiltshire

574

7,516

1

39

1

0

0

41

Total England

37,819

839,963

60

5,068

123

236

212

5,699

Dyfed-Powys

847

23,526

2

101

9

9

9

130

Gwent

332

12,584

1

35

8

46

1

91

North Wales

592

5,073

1

69

0

1

0

71

South Wales

917

14,128

2

199

12

44

1

258

Total Wales

2,688

55,311

6

404

29

100

11

550

Total England and Wales

40,507

895,274

66

5,472

152

336

223

6,249

Central Scotland

175

1,710

0

7

0

0

0

7

Dumfries and Galloway

220

71,910

0

14

0

0

0

14

Fife

343

6,478

1

28

0

4

0

33

Grampian

540

12,529

0

8

0

0

0

8

Lothian and Borders

509

11,775

1

54

0

1

0

56

Northern

392

13,796

0

42

0

0

1

43

Strathclyde

786

19,635

1

87

3

2

2

95

Tayside

428

6,083

0

22

0

1

0

23

Total Scotland

3,393

143,916

3

262

3

8

3

279

British Transport Police

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MOD Police

6

168

0

0

0

0

1

1

Total Other

8

168

0

0

0

0

1

1

Total Great Britain

43,908

1,039,358

69

5,734

155

344

227

6,529


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