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Stop and Search: Terrorism

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many searches of (a) individuals and (b) vehicles were conducted under the Terrorism Act 2000 by each police force in England and Wales in the last 12 months. (124052)

[holding answer 28 February 2007]: Information on stops and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 for 2004-05 (latest available) is given in the table.

2005-06 data will be available later this year.

Searches of vehicles and occupants under section 44(1) and searches of pedestrians under section 44(2) of the Terrorism Act 2000 by police force area, 2004-05

Number

Stops and searches of vehicles and occupants under s44(1)

Police force area

vehicles only1

occupants1

Total

Stops and searches of pedestrians under s44(2)

Stops and searches of occupants [44(1)] and pedestrians [44(2)]

S44(1) and 44(2) total

Avon and Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

1

3

4

2

5

6

Cheshire

0

1

1

0

1

1

Cleveland

0

4

4

3

7

7

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dorset

0

13

13

4

17

17

Durham

0

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

124

1,424

1,548

2,193

3,617

3,741

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

235

621

856

899

1,520

1,755

Hampshire

35

1,413

1,448

315

1,728

1,763

Hertfordshire

0

14

14

0

14

14

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

114

114

81

195

195

Lancashire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

London, City of

21

5,312

5,333

1,173

6,485

6,506

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan police

2,935

8,480

11,415

4,206

12,686

15,621

Norfolk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northumbria

40

273

313

68

341

381

North Yorkshire

3

168

171

3

171

174

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Surrey

5

865

870

73

938

943

Sussex

59

1,469

1,528

1,120

2,589

2,648

Thames Valley

1

60

61

54

114

115

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Mercia

0

2

2

0

2

2

West Midlands

0

0

0

1

1

1

West Yorkshire

0

12

12

14

26

26

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dyfed Powys

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

1

1

0

1

1

South Wales

231

872

1,103

732

1,604

1,835

England and Wales

3,690

21,121

24,811

10,941

32,062

35,752

1 Searches may be conducted on vehicles only, occupants only or both may be searched. Where a vehicle and driver occupier are searched simultaneously the search is recorded against the driver (occupant). Any other passengers searched are recorded as occupants.

Note:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.