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Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Prostitution Strategy announced in January 2006 has been implemented; and if he will make a statement. (76708)

Implementation of the prostitution strategy is currently under way. This involves working with a range of stakeholders from across Whitehall as well as with non-government organisations and voluntary sector groups.

Present activity includes:

Working up the proposed new rehabilitative penalty for the offence of loitering and soliciting.

Working with police training provider, Centrex, to design a training package for police, with a multi-agency focus, for tackling prostitution in local areas.

Expansion of the scheme to report “dodgy punters” through a national Crimestoppers campaign (Ugly Mugs scheme).

Working with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to develop Personal, Social, Health Education guidance for schools—with a focus on prevention and safety.