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Dispersal Orders

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders were issued by each police force in each year since they were introduced. (134215)

Data provided by police forces shows that between 1 January 2004 and 31 March 2006 1,065 areas were designated with dispersal powers in England and Wales. The following table provides a breakdown of this total by police force. Data for the period since 1 April 2006 are not yet available.

Designated dispersal orders: January 2004 to 31 March 2006

Force

Number of areas designated

Avon and Somerset

30

Bedfordshire

29

Cambridgeshire

31

Cheshire

1

City of London

1

Cleveland

30

Cumbria

2

Derbyshire

22

Devon and Cornwall

49

Dorset

31

Durham

2

Dyfed Powys

1

Essex

24

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

45

Gwent

6

Hampshire

69

Hertfordshire

20

Humberside

15

Kent

73

Lancashire

18

Leicestershire

30

Lincolnshire

4

Merseyside

70

Metropolitan Police

2

Norfolk

18

North Wales

16

North Yorkshire

6

Northamptonshire

67

Northumbria

3

Nottinghamshire

40

South Wales

2

South Yorkshire

16

Staffordshire

30

Suffolk

5

Surrey

33

Sussex

35

Thames Valley

6

Warwickshire

22

West Midlands

123

West Yorkshire

22

West Mercia

2

Wiltshire

19

Total

1,065

1 No areas designated.

2 No data provided.