§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been killed in each of the last six years by firearms during the commissioning of a crime. 
§ Mr. Bob Ainsworth
[holding answer 20 January 2003.]: The numbers of persons killed by firearms during the act of a crime are not collected centrally. Available published data on the number of recorded homicide offences by shooting in England and Wales are given in the table.
Number of homicide offences by shooting1 1997 58 1997–98 52 1998–99 46 1999–2000 61 2000–01 73 2001–02 96 1Homicide figures include shooting by crossbows, and take into account the results of police and court decisions. Therefore, they may not necessarily match the number of firearm homicides initially recorded. Data are as at 8 October 2002; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.
These homicide offences were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter.