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Stop and Search

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their vehicle stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2000; and how many of those were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of (i) a notifiable offence and (ii) a terrorism-related offence in (A) each police force area and (B) England and Wales. (200255)

The stops and search statistical collection, held by the Ministry of Justice, identifies vehicles and occupants searched under s44(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000. The information is not linked with details of any subsequent prosecutions and convictions. The available information is given in the following table.

Searches of vehicles1 under section 44(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000, by police force area, from 2001-02 to 2005-06, England and Wales

Police force area

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-062

Total

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

1

1

Cheshire

7

58

65

Cleveland

Cumbria

Derbyshire

5

5

Devon and Cornwall

2

2

4

Dorset

Durham

235

235

Essex

4

124

148

276

Gloucestershire

4

4

1

9

Greater Manchester

89

37

235

361

Hampshire

2

17

35

67

121

Hertfordshire

3

3

Humberside

Kent

8

8

Lancashire

Leicestershire

1

3

4

Lincolnshire

London, City of

1

42

24

21

210

298

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police

1,108

10,198

4,157

3,038

4,815

23,316

Norfolk

2

2

Northamptonshire

Northumbria

40

40

North Yorkshire

3

2

5

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

205

105

310

Staffordshire

Suffolk

1

1

Surrey

8

1

5

14

Sussex

64

32

10

59

165

Thames Valley

3

1

1

5

Warwickshire

1

1

West Mercia

West Midlands

West Yorkshire

Wiltshire

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

2

2

North Wales

1

1

South Wales

139

231

258

628

England and Wales

1,635

10,552

4,396

3,793

5,504

25,880

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. Data given in the table are where a vehicle only has been searched.

2 Figures have been updated following publication of the bulletin for 2004-05.

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 the 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2066W, on stop and search, if she will place in the Library the most recent information on (a) the number of stops and searches conducted (i) in total and (ii) per 1,000 population and (b) the percentages which resulted in arrest (A) in England and Wales and (B) in each police force area. (201596)

The most recent information available held by the Ministry of Justice remains data for 2005-06. Data for 2006-07 will be published later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, column 983W, on stop and search, what the ethnicity was of each person stopped under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 since 2004-05. (201599)

Information on the breakdown by ethnicity of persons stopped under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 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 and the Ministry of Justice website at

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/raceandcjs.htm

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

l,155

21,577

2003-04

20,600

2.701

3,659

1,324

1,099

29,383

2004-05

24,771

2,742

3,693

l,428

543

33,177

2005-06

30,837

4,155

6,805

1,937

809

44,543

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.