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Stop and Search

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 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 (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age was of each person stopped under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. (156481)

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: Data on individuals stopped and searched under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are not collected by gender or age. However information on the breakdown by ethnicity of persons stopped under Section 44 is provided in the following table.

Statistics are published by the Home Office under Section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, and can be found on the Home Office website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pubsstatistical.html

Searches of vehicles1 and occupants, and pedestrians under Section 44 (1) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 20002, England and Wales 2001-02 to 2004-05

Ethnicity

White

Black

Asian

Other

Not recorded

Total

2001-02

6,629

529

744

358

260

8,520

2002-03

14,429

1,745

2,989

1,259

1,155

21,577

2003-04

20,600

2,701

3,659

1,324

1,099

29,383

2004-05

23,389

2,511

3,485

1,480

1,197

32,062

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. These figures exclude searches of vehicles only. 2 The Terrorism Act 2000 came into force on 19 February 2001. 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 those data are used.