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Warehouse Parties

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to tackle illegal rave activity. (144023)

The Government and the police are clear that illegal rave activity is not acceptable and are committed to tackling the disorder and antisocial behaviour associated with raves which intimidates and alienates local communities.

The police are equipped with a range of powers to deal with raves. Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows police to direct rave goers to leave an event. Following reports of problems with raves in buildings such as barns, the police were given powers in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to direct participants at indoor raves to leave buildings where trespass is involved, and to include events of 20 or more people. The Government have also made it a criminal offence for a person on whom a direction under section 63 has been served to attend any rave within 24 hours of the direction being given.