|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into (i) child victims of crime and (ii) child criminals in each of the last five years. 
Alan Johnson: For the purposes of this reply we have considered any Home Office research looking specifically or primarily at children (those aged under 18) as perpetrators or victims of crime, where the research was undertaken in 2005 or later. A number of Home Office research projects may include some information on young people as victims or offenders as part of a more general research study: these are not covered in this reply.
BMRB (British Market Research Bureau) were commissioned to extend the British Crime Survey (BCS) to include a representative sample of children aged 10 to 15 as part of the BCS 2010-11 fieldwork contract. The BCS was extended from January 2009 with the objective of providing estimates of victimisation among those aged 10 to 15 and better understanding children's experiences of victimisation and key crime related issues in England and Wales.
The Home Office reported in 2009 on the key trends in monitoring Phase 1 of the Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) aimed at reducing the carrying of knives and serious stabbings among teenagers (13 to 19-year-olds) in 10 police force areas. The report is available at:
The Home Office was responsible for carrying out the Offending Crime and Justice Survey (OCJS) since 2003. The survey has completed four annual sweeps (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006). The main aim of the survey is to gather information on young people's attitudes towards and experiences of offending in England and Wales (particularly those aged from 10 to 25). The OCJS also collects information about young people's victimisation experiences. Results from the 2005 and 2006 OCJS surveys are available at:
The Home Office commissioned the Juvenile Cohort Study in 2007. It was designed to provide evidence about which interventions are associated with reductions in re-offending for young offenders with different characteristics. Since the machinery of government changes (May 2007), this work is now owned and being taken forward by the Ministry of Justice.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) car thefts, (b) burglaries and (c) violent crimes have been reported in North Shropshire in each year since 1997. 
Figures at Community Safety Partnership (CSP) level, formerly Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), are available from 1999-2000 onwards. CSPs arose from the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
All of these factors need to be considered when looking at the trends in recorded crime. The Audit Commission undertook substantial audit work on crime recording in the years following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002 (up until 2006-07) this indicating a generally increasing level of NCRS compliance across forces in this period.
|Table 1: Offences recorded by the police in the North Shropshire Community Safety Partnership area-1999-2000 to 2001-02( 1)|
|Number of offences|
|"*" = Not available.|
(1) The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.
|Table 2: Offences recorded by the police in the North Shropshire Community Safety Partnership area-2002-03 to 2008-09( 1)|
|Number of offences|
|(1) The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) murders and (b) sexual offences recorded in (i) each police force area and (ii) England and Wales, in each year since 1998 remain unsolved. 
Alan Johnson: The available information is given in the form of tables showing undetected crime in each financial year from 1998-99 to 2008-09. Tables 1 and 2 show the numbers for undetected homicides; tables 3 and 4 those for undetected sexual offences. As offences detected in the current year may initially have been recorded in an earlier year it is not possible to determine the numbers of undetected crime in a particular year.
It should be noted that non-sanction detections, which contribute to the overall detection rates, have fallen in recent years. This reflects a significant shift by many police forces away from recording detections where no further action is taken. This will have had an impact on the number of crimes which remain undetected.
|Table 1: Undetected homicides by police force area - 1998/99 to 2001/02|
Offences detected in any given year may have been previously recorded in an earlier year. When offences detected in the year exceed the number recorded a negative value is shown.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|