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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 884W, on public order offences: young people, (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the evaluation of the pilot project for the use of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for 10 to 15 year olds; and for what reasons some police forces continue to issue PNDs to juveniles; (222984)

(2) how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued to 10 to 15 year olds in each year since 2005; if he will make a statement on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder to 10 to 15 year olds; what recent assessment he has made of the outcome of the pilot project in the seven pilot police force areas; and when the evaluation of the pilot projects will be published.

The evaluation report on penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for 10 to 15-year-olds was published today and copies will be placed in the Libraries of the House. The report will include data covering the number of PNDs issued during the pilots. Some of the police forces involved in the pilots have continued to use PNDs for 10 to 15-year-olds because, as the evaluation shows, they are an effective tool for dealing with certain offences. We continue to discuss the learning from the evaluation report with key stakeholders.