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Anti-Social Behaviour

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers are available to (a) local authorities and (b) the police to tackle problems of anti-social behaviour in private properties. [108025]

To supplement the full range of criminal law that the police may use, the Government have introduced a wide range of measures to help both local authorities and the police tackle anti-social behaviour, notably Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and fixed penalty notices for disorder offences.Additional powers are being introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill to give local authorities tools to deal with anti-social behaviour. The draft Housing Bill proposes powers to allow local authorities to license private landlords in areas of low housing demand or anti-social behaviour.