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Licensing Laws

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the new licensing laws on combating crime. (95440)

The Licensing Act 2003 has given police and partner agencies greater powers to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder. The Home Office is undertaking an assessment of the change in the timing and volume of violent offences and criminal damage from October 2004. Initial results, from a sample of police forces that have voluntarily provided data which show what time of day these crimes are committed, were published in Crime in England and Wales 2005-06 in July 2006. The data show no indication of a rise in the overall level of violent offences and criminal damage.