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Crime And Disorder Act

Volume 402: debated on Friday 4 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) discussions and (b) guidance has been issued to local council authorities regarding the implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in evicting council and housing association residents who have been involved in criminal activities. [106574]

I have been asked to reply.The annual British Crime Survey (BCS) provides trend information on levels of fear of crime among adults aged 16 and over. The most recent information available is for 2001–02. This was published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 07/02 (Chapter 9), a copy of which is in the Library.

There is no specific guidance on evicting tenants of social landlords who have been involved in criminal activity. While there has been consultation on how to tackle anti-social behaviour in the social rented sector this did not look at criminal activity that is unrelated to the tenants occupation of their tenancy.The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister issued guidance "Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour in Mixed Tenure Areas" for Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships members on 27 March 2003. A copy of the guidance has been placed in the Libraries of the House.