HC Deb 17 December 1996 vol 287 cc583-4W
Mr. David Young

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been(a) killed and (b) injured by (i) stolen pistols and (ii) stolen motor vehicles in each of the last five years. [8945]

Mr. Maclean

[holding answer 13 December 1996]Information as to whether firearms used in offences have been stolen has not, in the past, been routinely collected centrally in England and Wales. However, a special exercise has recently been conducted to find out whether the guns used in homicide were licensed or not and, if not, whether they were stolen.

This covered the years 1992 to 1994, and out of a total of 55 homicides involving the use of a handgun where it was known that the weapon was illegally held, one was reported to have been stolen.

No information is held centrally to show whether motor vehicles involved in killing or injuring people were stolen.

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