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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of antisocial behaviour co-ordinators in England and Wales. (126419)

[holding answer 9 March 2007]: The Home Office currently provides each Crime and Disorder Reduction partnership with £25,000 via the Safer Stronger Communities Fund to assist local areas tackle antisocial behaviour through the appointment of ASB co-ordinators. Ultimately, however, the number of co-ordinators appointed is a matter for each local area to determine.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has held on introducing new measures to combat antisocial behaviour in England and Wales. (126420)

[holding answer 9 March 2007]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary launched the consultation paper “Strengthening powers to tackle antisocial behaviour” on 14 November 2006 seeking views on proposals for strengthening powers to tackle antisocial behaviour.

The proposals included: the case for new front-line powers to tackle antisocial behaviour; a deferred Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND); and a new Premises Closure Order.

The consultation closed on 6 February 2007 and a summary of responses will be published in due course.