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Antisocial Behaviour Orders and Individual Support Orders

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued against people aged (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 24 and (c) over 25 years in the City of Leicester. (111347)

Since 1 June 2000, from copies of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) received, we are able to determine the local government authority (lga) area in which prohibitions have been imposed within orders.

The number of ASBOs issued where prohibitions have been imposed in the Leicester city council lga area, from 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2005 (latest available), for persons aged 10 to 17 is 27. For persons aged between 18 and 24 the total number issued is 15 and for persons aged 25 years and over the number is 27. A further two orders have been issued to persons for whom age details have not been reported.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of antisocial behaviour orders issued since April 2006 have had an intervention order attached to them; (114476)

(2) how many individual support orders were issued in each year since May 2004;

(3) how many and what proportion of anti-social behaviour orders issued since May 2004 have had an individual support order attached to them;

(4) what assessment he has made of the take-up of individual support orders (a) prior to and (b) since June 2005.

Data on the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued at all courts are currently available up to 31 December 2005. The power to make intervention orders came into effect on 1 October 2006. A new national system for collecting data on ASBOs is scheduled for implementation from 1 April, and will incorporate new reporting requirements, e.g. intervention orders.

Individual support orders (ISOs) can be issued to persons aged 10-17 in addition to an antisocial behaviour order at civil proceedings at the magistrates court. The number of ISOs issued in 2004 (from 1 May), as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, is seven. This is 2 per cent. of the number of ASBOs issued to 10-17 year olds at civil proceedings at the magistrates court during the same period. The equivalent figures for 2005 are 42 and 7 per cent. respectively.

Concerted action is under way by the Home Office, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Youth Justice Board and practitioners to increase the take up of ISOs. Following meetings with practitioners around the country at the beginning of 2006 an action plan was devised. This included reinforcing information on ISOs on key practitioner websites such as the Together Actionline and the Youth Justice Board's, promoting ISOs at a series of practitioner events and conferences, including the Respect Academies that took place throughout last summer, success stories researched and published on the Together website and an article on ISOs published in the March 2006 edition of The Magistrate to reach all magistrates nationally. Longer term funding for the use of ISOs from 2006 was included in the £45 million prevention fund to youth offending teams.

We are about to embark on a three-month survey of the 60 Respect action areas, the outcome of which is intended to provide information about the use of ISOs and other interventions that young people may be receiving to help them address their antisocial behaviour.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) enforced and (b) breached in the (i) Eyres Monsell and (ii) Freemen ward of Leicester. (111108)

Information about enforcement related to antisocial behaviour orders is not collected centrally. ASBO breach data held centrally are available only at Criminal Justice System (CJS) Area level.