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Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack houses have been closed down in each of the last 12 months; and under what powers they were closed down. (182776)

The official published figures are released on an annual basis as follows:

2003-04: 94 ‘crack house’ closure orders

2004-05: 286 ‘crack house’ closure orders

2005-06: 342 ‘crack house’ closure orders

The Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 introduced the power for courts to issue orders for the closure of premises where Class A drugs and serious nuisance and disorder are a problem. The provision commenced on 20 January 2004.

The data for 2006-07 will be published spring 2008.