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Criminal Offences

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list, broken down by Act, the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department since 1997. [111789]

The legislation, both Acts and Orders in Council, sponsored by the Secretary of State's Department since 1997 which create criminal offences are the following:

The Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 created three offences: Article 4 created the offence of harassment: Article 6 created the offence of putting people in fear of violence: and Article 7 created the offence of breach of a Civil Order or Restraining Order.
The Public Order (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 created one offence: Article 4 created the offence of failure to surrender alcohol at public processions.
The Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 created four offences: Article 4 created the offence of failure to respond to a summons issued to a parent or guardian of a child Article 22 created the offence of breach of reporting restrictions.

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