§ 14. Mr. Squire
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals to improve the crime detection rate.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The crime detection rate for the most serious offences, including violence against the person and sexual offences, remains high, at around 75 per cent. I shall continue to encourage chief officers to target their resources on serious and other crimes of particular concern to the public, although they must decide their own priorities and methods in the light of local circumstances. The police also need the help of the community to reduce the opportunities for crime, and I shall continue to encourage public involvement in crime prevention.
§ Mr. Riddick
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear-up rates of all crimes, violent crimes and homicides were in the Holmfirth and Huddersfield police districts for each year since 1979.
§ Mr. John Patten
The information collected centrally relates to police force areas and is published annually; for 1989, in tables 2.19, 2.20 and 2.21 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—Cm 1322. More detailed statistics relating to Holmfirth and Huddersfield are contained in the annual report of the chief constable for West Yorkshire. Copies of these publications are available in the Library.