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Vagrants

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many persons have been convicted for begging or related offences since the beginning of 1989 in England and Wales;(2) how many persons have been prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824 since the beginning of 1988, in England and Wales.

The number of people prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824 (as amended) in England and Wales for 1988 was 2,810. Of these, 1,461 were for indecent exposure, 573 were for begging and 594 were for being on enclosed premises for an unlawful purpose. Information on prosecutions and convictions for 1989 will not be available until autumn 1990.