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Drugs: Crime

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack house closures there were in (a) Ashford and (b) Kent in each of the last five years. (243114)

The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 introduced the provision for police to serve a closure notice on any premises that are believed by the police to be used for the production, supply or use of class A drugs, and which are causing serious nuisance or disorder.

The Home Office collects data on the number of closure orders issued through the voluntary Crime Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) survey of antisocial behaviour tools and powers. Latest available data from this survey cover the period from October 2003 to September 2007 and show that in the Ashford CDRP area one such order was served (in 2007). There were 11 closure orders served in Kent over this period, in 2004-05 the figure was two, in 2005-06 the figure was six, in 2006-07 the figure was two, and between April and September 2007 one such closure order was served.

Data for 2007-08 will be published early in 2009.