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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the account taken of costs of determining whether to seek to obtain an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) in Northern Ireland; and what representations he has received from public authorities on this matter since the introduction of ASBOs in Northern Ireland. (126962)

It is entirely the decision of the relevant authorities whether or not to apply for an antisocial behaviour order and this includes considering any issue relating to the cost. Any cost associated with seeking an antisocial behaviour order must be set against the cost of allowing the antisocial behaviour to continue unchallenged.

The NIO has no record of any representations from public authorities on this matter other than in response to the public consultation on the antisocial behaviour order proposals in 2004.