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Harassment Act 1997

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions there were under the Harassment Act 1997 in each year since the Act came into force. (181572)

Information covering defendants proceeded against under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 since the act came into force on 16 July 1997 has been provided in the table. Data are provided on the principal offence basis and cover the period from 1997 to 2006 in England and Wales.

Number proceeded against

1997

780

1998

6,194

1999

7,934

2000

8,631

2001

8,331

2002

8,335

2003

8,434

2004

8,501

2005

8,425

2006

8,101

Information on investigations is not held by the Ministry of Justice.