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New Coins

The Marquess of Ailesbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Chesham: No new coins have been introduced and subsequently withdrawn from circulation in the last three years.

Population Statistics

Lord Dean of Beswick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Chesham: Resident population figures, extracted from Table 2 of the 1991 Census Report for Great Britain are given below. The Northern Ireland figure was supplied by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) from the 1991 Census Report for Northern Ireland.

Scotland4,998,567
Wales2,836,073
Northern Ireland1,577,836
Regions of England:
North3,026,732
Yorkshire and Humberside4,836,524
East Midlands3,953,372
East Anglia2,027,004
South East17,208,264
South West4,609,424
West Midlands5,150,187
North West6,243,697

London Fire Service

Lord Burnham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office, (Baroness Blatch): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has approved proposals put to him by the

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London Fire and Civil Defence Authority for the removal of one of two pumping appliances at each of 14 fire stations in London, the removal of a fire rescue unit and a reduction in establishment of 316 posts. The pumping appliances are in the fire stations at Barnet, Chiswick, Deptford, East Greenwich, Fulham, Hendon, Millwall, Sidcup, Silvertown, Southwark, Twickenham, Wimbledon, Woodford and Woodside. We have rejected the proposal by the authority to remove one of the appliances from the fire station at Battersea, on the grounds that we are not satisfied that adequate consideration has been given to the representations that have been made to the authority about the arrangements for dealing with special fire risks.

The primary responsibility for deciding what resources are needed to provide an efficient and effective fire service in London and how those resources should be deployed rests with the fire authority. In reaching a decision on its application, very careful consideration has been given to the representations that have been received. We have also sought the views of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services. We have accepted his firm professional advice that if those proposals which we have now agreed are implemented by the fire authority, nationally recommended fire cover standards will still be maintained throughout London.

Stalking

Baroness Berners asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to announce their conclusions in the light of responses to the consultation document Stalking: The Solutions.

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Baroness Blatch: My right honourable friend the Minister of State will be making an announcement on Friday.

Mr. David Fields

Lord Gisborough asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the behaviour of Mr. David Fields in Frankland prison and elsewhere between 1988 and 1993 was in accordance with prison rules, and if not, whether he committed an offence within that period.

Baroness Blatch: It is our policy not to disclose to a third party information about an individual which would constitute, or could facilitate, an unwarranted invasion of privacy.

Foam Filled Furniture Associated Deaths

Lord Vinson asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the incidents of death in which foam filled furniture was a contributory factor (a) in fires in private properties; and (b) in fires in let properties or hotels between 1990 and 1995.

Baroness Blatch: I will write to the noble Lord.

Burglar Alarms

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What statistical information is available to indicate the growth in the installation of burglar alarms and other security precautions at domestic premises over the last ten years, and the estimated effect on the incidence of domestic burglary.

Baroness Blatch: The available information, from the British Crime Survey, is as follows:

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Percentage of homes with selected security devices

19821988199219941996
Burglar alarm38131821
Double/deadlocks on some/all outside doors into the housen/a57617070
Window locks that need keys to open themn/a35526269
Any indoor/outdoor lights on a time or sensor switchn/an/a223240
Window bar/grillsn/an/an/a79

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There are no estimates of the effect of the growth in security installations on the incidence of domestic burglary. However, the British Crime Survey does indicate households with poorer security face higher risks of burglary.

Firearms: Homicides and Injuries

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

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    What was the number of recorded offences of homicide in which firearms were the principal cause of death in each year since 1985, including Scotland as well as England and Wales; and

    What was the total number of offences recorded by the police in each year since 1985 in which firearms were used to cause non-fatal injuries, including Scotland as well as England and Wales.

Baroness Blatch: The following table gives the information requested:

Notifiable offences(1) recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have caused injury.

Homicide Non-fatal injury
England and Wales Scotland Total Great Britain England and Wales Scotland Total Great Britain
1985459542,8194513,270
1986515562,1653972,562
1987773802,1264032,529
1988362382,0042792,283
1989457522,1193412,460
1990603632,0923482,440
1991557622,0774232,500
1992566622,2473982,645
1993748822,2193242,543
1994669752,1373872,524
1995--11----418--

Figures for England and Wales for 1995 are not yet available.

(1) Crimes and Offences in Scotland.


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Firearms-related Deaths

Lord Windlesham asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the number of firearms-related deaths, including suicide and fatal accidents, in each year since 1985, including Scotland as well as England and Wales.

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Baroness Blatch: The readily available information is given in the table below.

These figures were supplied by the Office for National Statistics and the General Register Office for Scotland. The statistics are taken from the cause of death as recorded on death certificates and may vary from other sources, such as those used in Criminal Statistics, for example, especially in regard to the classification of the "undetermined" group.

Firearms-related deaths in Great Britain, 1985-1995

Cause of death
Accident Suicide Homicide Undetermined Total
England and Wales Scotland England and Wales Scotland England and Wales Scotland England and Wales Scotland England and Wales Scotland
19851832043523929527452
19861611933146237729241
19871221872441432227232
19881712121828128428524
19891701592418640123431
1990811581827431222425
1991521461927629120728
1992811681634622223225
19931111572661316324533
19949115417281620221130
19951201363030924420243

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