§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report a comprehensive list of the crime statistics for the county of Cheshire for 1981; if, in each case, he will give the percentage of crimes detected; and if he will give the comparable figures for 1980.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Figures for 1981 are not yet available. Serious offences recorded by the police in Cheshire in 1980 are published in table S.31 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1980 Supplementary Tables, Volume 3", copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House. The available information on clear-up rates is given in the following table:
Clear-up rates for serious offences recorded by the police Cheshire, 1980 Percentages Offence group Clear-up rate‡ Violence against the person 93 Sexual offences 91 Burglary 46 Robbery (83) Theft and handling stolen goods 59 Fraud and forgery 97 Criminal damage (†) 54 Other serious offences (100) Total (†) 59 † Excluding "other criminal damage" of value £20 and under. ‡ Percentages in brackets are based on small numbers of less than 100.