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|Table 2: Number of fixed penalty notices issued for the use of a hand held mobile phone while driving( 1) by police force area, England and Wales, 2003-06|
|Police force area||2003||2004||2005||2006|
|(1) Introduced 1 December 2003.|
(2) Revised figure provided for 2006.
(3) Force unable to supply data for 2006 due to technical reasons.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of violence against the person involving a handgun were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of the population for (i) England, (ii) the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area and (iii) Bath and North East Somerset in each year from 1997 to 2008; 
(2) how many incidents of violence against the person where a fatality has occurred as a result of a handgun wound were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of the population for (i) England, (ii) the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area and (iii) Bath and North East Somerset in each year from 1997 to 2008. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Available data relate to offences involving a handgun where the firearm was fired, used as a blunt instrument or used as a threat.
Figures for England and Avon and Somerset police force area from 1997-98 up to and including 2006-07 are provided.
|Table (A): Crimes in which a handgun was used( 1 ) and offences per 100,000 population: England and Avon and Somerset, 1997-98 to 2000-07|
|England||Avon and Somerset|
|Number of offences||Offences per 100,000 population||Number of offences||Offences per 100,000 population|
|(1 )By being fired, used as a blunt instrument or used as a threat.|
(2 )There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.
(3 )The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.
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