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Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that the Government had appeared not to bring violent crime under control, the PMOS said that in the interests of perspective, people should also acknowledge that overall crime by both sets of figures (BCS and recorded crime) had both gone down. One had gone down by 11 per cent and the other by 6 per cent. He also wanted to point out that half of what was recorded as violent crime involved no physical injury. Part of the explanation of why the figures had increased was because lower level crime, for example pushing and shoving, had now been put into the violent crime category. However, as the PMOS had pointed out in the morning, the Government was in no way trying to diminish the significance of violent crime of whatever sort for those who were victims of crime. Therefore, the Prime Minister was determined to continue to take action to reduce it, by way of action against gun crime, and the action now through the Licensing Act by tackling drunkenness. The Government did recognise that there were concerns, but it was also important that it was put in perspective.

Asked if there was a possibility of starting pilot plans on the Licensing Act, the PMOS said the position for it was the same that was set out on Friday. He repeated that these were a range of measures designed to target action where it was most needed, without at the same time penalising the ordinary drinker, or those premises that were responsible in their operating.

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