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Community Sentences

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, (b) Parenting Orders and (c) Curfew Orders have been issued in York in each of the last three years.[102644]

(a) Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were introduced from 1 April 1999. Information held centrally up to 31 May 2000 is for the number of ASBOs issued within England and Wales by police force area only.

From 1 June 2000 official statistics on the number of ASBOs issued within England and Wales are based on quarterly returns from Magistrates' Courts Committees (MCCs). From copies of the orders we have been able to identify local authority areas involved. The number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs issued in York, from 1 June 2000 to 30 September 2002 (latest available) is six.

We are aware that the numbers of ASBOs made nationally have been consistently under-reported in returns made by magistrates' courts and are considering how reporting can be improved.

(b) Youth Justice Board figures indicate that between April 2000 and December 2002 a total of eight Parenting Orders were imposed in York.

(c) Figures from the electronic monitoring contractors indicate that six Curfew Orders with electronic monitoring were imposed in York during the period 2000 to 2002.

No applications have yet been received to establish a local child curfew scheme under section 14 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Some local authorities and police forces have considered the possibility but concluded that other measures should be taken to tackle relevant local problems.