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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in (i) the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency (ii) the Government Office North East region and (iii) England since the commencement of the scheme; how many have been breached in each area; and if he will make a statement. [115546]

(a) From 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 data on the number of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued were collected by police force area. From 1 June 2000 official statistics on the number of ASBOs issued 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.

Available information on the number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs issued by area from 1 April 1999 to 30 November 2002 (latest available) is given in Table A.

Available information relating to breaches of antisocial behaviour orders in England is also given in Table A but covers the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2001 only. The analysis covers only those breaches by persons issued with ASBOs during this period and notified to the Home Office.

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) Table B shows the number of Curfew Orders with or without electronic monitoring made and those breached in the Teesside and Langbaurgh East Petty Sessional areas (part of the former and all of the latter fall within the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency), the three police force areas that fall within the Government Office Region of North East England, and England as a whole. Figures are given for 1995 to 2001.

Table A—The number of notifications, as reported to the Home Office, of ASBOs issued in England, from 1 April 1999 to 30 November 2002, by area and numbers breached

Number of persons issued with ASBOs

Number of persons breaching ASBOs"1,2


1 April 1999 to31 May 200031 June 2000 to 31 December 20011 January 2002 to 30 November 20024


1 June 2000 to 31 December 2001

1 The only breaches counted are for those persons issued with ASBOs between 1 June 2000 and 31 December and notified to the Home Office.

2 Only counts breaches of orders once even if a person breached the same order on more than one occasion

3 Data available by police force area only

4 Latest available. Following implementation of the Police Reform Act (2 December 2002), data for December 2002 will be incorporated into the first quarter 2003 data

5 Magistrates' courts committee area in which the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is located

6 Unitary Authorities of which parts make up the Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East constituency

7 Not available

8 Government Office North East region

Table B—Number of persons given curfew orders and numbers breaching orders, 1992–2001

Police Force Area








Persons given curfew orders

of which
Teesside PSA1328
Langbaurgh East PAS11
GONE2 region275157
Total England51644269791,5682,5113,688

Persons breaching curfew orders

of which
Teesside PSA115
Langbaurgh East PSA11
GONE2 region1232411
Total England102762204280454722

1 The constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland covers the Petty Sessional Area of Langbaurgh East and part of the PSA of Teesside.

2 Government Office Region for North East England.


There are discrepancies in some areas between the number of orders given and number of breaches recorded, as reported to the Home Office, but it is not clear whether orders given have been under-recorded or whether breaches have been incorrectly classified.