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Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in connection with knife-related crimes in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Paul Goggins: The information is not available in the format requested. Court prosecution and conviction datasets do not contain background information in relation to the commission of an offence so it is not possible to separately identify the number of prosecutions and convictions for offences such as murder in which a knife was involved. It is only possible to provide prosecution and conviction statistics for those offences which, in their definition, refer to an offensive weapon (of which knives will be one sub-category) or article with blade or point.
Armed with offensive weapon with intent to commit offence.
Possessing offensive weapon in public place.
Possessing article with blade or point in public place.
Possessing instrument with intent to commit an offence.
Possessing article with blade or point on school premises.
Possessing offensive weapon on school premises.
Prosecution and conviction data documented in the following table cover the calendar years 2002-06 (the latest available years) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.
|Prosecutions and convictions for offensive weapons 2002 - 06|
|Number of assaults recorded where a knife was involved in the incident 2003-04 to 2007-08( 1, 2, 3)|
|Assaults where knife involved|
|(1 )Data are provisional and may be subject to revision.|
(2 )The figures relate to offences where a knife was involved in the incidentit is not known how the knife was actually used.
(3 )The assault figures include offences of wounding with intent, GBH with intent, wounding, GBH, AOABH, aggravated assault, common assault and assault on police. The data include offences where no injury was sustained.
Central Statistics Unit, PSNI
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; to what purpose in each case; and what estimate he has made of the cost. 
Mr. Woodward: None. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Minister for the Olympics, my right hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Tessa Jowell) on 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 5W.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were recruited to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the
last five years, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) district council area. 
|(a) Response by c onstituency|
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