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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Anti-social Behaviour Orders were issued per head of population in each of the police force areas in England and Wales since their introduction; and if he will make a statement. [115234]

[holding answer 22 May 2003]: The number of notifications received by the Home Office of Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued in England and Wales up to 30 November 2002 (latest available) is given in the table by police force area and per 100,000 population.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.

Total number of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders issued, as reported

to the Home Office by Police Force Area and per 100,000

population
Police force area/MCC1ASBOs

issued2
Mid year

2001

population

estimate

(000)
3
Number

issued per

100,000

population
Avon & Somerset321,309.672.44
Bedfordshire7489.911.43
Cambridgeshire9622.561.45
Cheshire9864.251.04
Cleveland11473.362.32
Cumbria14433.363.23
Derbyshire14841.321.66
Devon & Cornwall121,407.230.85
Dorset4621.020.64
Durham21523.414.01
Essex21,416.170.14
Gloucestershire4497.930.80
Greater Manchester702,165.393.23
Hampshire151,566.080.96
Herrfordshire9901.431.00
Humberside15763.691.96
Kent331,381.842.39
Lancashire261,240.072.10
Leicestershire5810.520.62
Lincolnshire3574.510.52
Merseyside281,197.692.34
Metropolitan Police4/GLMCA526,258.520.83
Norfolk25710.903.52
Northamptonshire8549.791.46
Northumbria271,225.112.20
North Yorkshire11668.091.65
Nottinghamshire17895.921.90
South Yorkshire181,111.791.62
Staffordshire22924.992.38
Suffolk7589.231.19
Surrey6931.210.64
Sussex181,325.621.36
Thames Valley111,825.610.60
Total number of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders issued, as reported

to the Home Office by Police Force Area and per 100,000

population
Police force area/MCC1ASBOs

issued2
Mid year

2001

population

estimate

(000)
3
Number

issued per

100,000

population
Warwickshire10446.872.24
West Mercia691,021.806.75
West Midlands1012,212.684.56
West Yorkshire251,811.571.38
Wiltshire1535.410.19
England77143,146.491.79
Dyfed Powys0431.870.00
Gwent4481.630.83
North Wales3585.090.51
South Wales71,052.660.66
Wales142,551.240.55
England and Wales78545,697.741.72
1 From 1 April 2001 Magistrates" Courts Committee areas aligned

with police force areas.
2 ASBOs issued from 1 April 1999 to 30 November 2002.
3 Estimated population for age group 10 and over. (Source: ONS).
4 Including City of London.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in Cardiff since their introduction; and if he will make a statement. [115235]

[holding answer 22 May 2003]: From copies received centrally of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued we have been able to identify local authority areas involved. The number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs issued within the Cardiff Unitary Authority since their introduction, 1 April 1999, to 30 November 2002 (latest available), is one.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.