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Stop and Search

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 977W, on stop and search, what the equivalent figures for each individual police force area were in each year since the introduction of the Terrorism Act 2000. (156480)

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: Information on stop and searches and resultant arrests under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 from 2001-02 to 2004-05 by police force is given in the following tables. Statistics for 2005-06 will be available in the last quarter of this year.

Searches of vehicles1 and occupants, and pedestrians under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 20002 and resultant arrests3, by police force area, England and Wales, 2001-02 to 2004-05

2001-02

2002-03

Total searches

Resultant arrests

Percentage of arrests

Total searches

Resultant arrests

Percentage of arrests

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

8

31

1

3

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

387

4

1

320

7

2

Cleveland

Cumbria

Derbyshire

20

Devon and Cornwall

129

Dorset

Durham

238

Essex

7

Gloucestershire

36

898

3

0

Greater Manchester

36

1

3

509

12

2

Hampshire

12

294

8

3

Hertfordshire

4

Humberside

Kent

257

7

3

141

29

21

Lancashire

155

Leicestershire

136

45

Lincolnshire

London, City of

3,495

100

3

4,644

107

2

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police

4,071

74

2

23,441

199

Norfolk

2

5

Northamptonshire

Northumbria

North Yorkshire

8

110

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

263

105

2

2

Staffordshire

Suffolk

3

Surrey

2

1

50

67

1

1

Sussex

1,077

2

0

351

3

1

Thames Valley

900

Warwickshire

West Mercia

5

West Midlands

36

7

19

West Yorkshire

18

1

6

Wiltshire

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

7

North Wales

South Wales

Total

10,186

189

2

32,087

380

1

2003-042004-05

Total searches

Resultant arrests

Percentage of arrests

Total searches

Resultant arrests

Percentage of arrests

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

6

2

33

Cambridgeshire

11

6

55

6

1

17

Cheshire

6

1

Cleveland

3

7

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

42

Dorset

231

5

2

17

Durham

Essex

989

5

1

3,741

20

1

Gloucestershire

1,356

3

0

Greater Manchester

858

4

0

1,755

18

1

Hampshire

713

30

4

1,763

33

2

Hertfordshire

14

Humberside

Kent

13

195

4

2

Lancashire

Leicestershire

9

2

22

Lincolnshire

London, City of

7,276

164

2

6,506

139

2

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police

19,692

244

1

15,621

167

1

Norfolk

8

Northamptonshire

Northumbria

381

9

2

North Yorkshire

92

198

2

1

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

Suffolk

3

Surrey

129

2

2

943

13

1

Sussex

593

3

1

2,648

35

1

Thames Valley

207

7

3

115

5

4

Warwickshire

West Mercia

11

2

West Midlands

155

5

3

1

West Yorkshire

216

2

1

26

2

8

Wiltshire

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

North Wales

3

1

33

1

South Wales

1,200

6

1

1,835

7

0

Total

33,822

491

1

35,776

455

1

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.

2 The Terrorism Act 2000 came into force on 19 February 2001.

3 Includes arrests under the Terrorism Act, arrest for terrorist related matters and other serious crimes.

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 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.

Source:

RDS-OCJR.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of persons were stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000 (a) at airports, (b) on London Underground and (c) at train stations in each of the last 10 years. [156483]

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: Information on the percentage of those stopped under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the location of those stops and searches is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets the Government have set in relation to stop and search by police officers in England and Wales. (156484)

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: The use of stop and search powers is an operational matter for individual officers based on individual circumstances. Therefore, there are no Government targets on the exercise of these powers by police officers.