§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of children who died as a result of injuries inflicted by parents in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Mellor
I have been asked to reply.
The numbers of offences recorded as homicides in which the victim was the son or daughter of the suspect is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (table 4.4 of the issue for 1984, Cmnd. 9621). Of the 67 such offences in 1984, 65 of the children were aged under 16.