§ Mrs. Maureen Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths there have been during the current year as a result of police car chases(a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in the west midlands.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Full information will not be available until returns are submitted by individual forces to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary after the end of the year. However, I am aware of 12 specific accidents which have occurred since 1 March 1989 in cases where the police were pursuing a vehicle, or responding to emergency calls, which have resulted in a total of 15 fatalities. Two of these accidents occurred in the west midlands police area. I understand that there was one other fatal accident in the west midlands police area in February 1989.