§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons in England and Wales have been convicted of offences involving the use or possession of firearms (a) from 1946 to 1965 and (b) in each of the years from 1965 to the present date.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Information in the form requested is not collected centrally. Information since 1969 on the numbers of serious offences recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have been involved, and on the numbers of persons found guilty of offences triable summarily under the Firearms Act 1968—where this was the principal offence—is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—tables 3.1, 3.11, l0(a) and 10(b) of the volume for 1979, Cmnd. 8098.