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Stop and Search

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) people and (b) people under 18 years of age have been stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each of the last eight years. (250309)

Information on the number of persons stopped and searched under section 44 (sections 1 and 2) of the Terrorism Act 2000, from 1999-2000 to 2006-07 (latest available) are provided in the following table.

From the information reported to the Home Office it is not possible to separately identify the age of persons searched.

Searches of pedestrians, vehicles and occupants under sections 44(1) and 44(2) of the Terrorism Act 20001, 1999-2000 to 2006-07, England and Wales

Stops and searches in order to prevent acts of terrorism

Total searches

1999-2000

1,900

2000-01

6,400

2001-02

10,200

2002-03

32,100

2003-04

33,800

2004-052

37,000

2005-06

50,000

2006-07

41,900

1 Formerly sections 13A and 13B of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 and repealed under the Terrorism Act 2000 (which came into force on 19 February 2001).

2 Figures updated since publication of the 2004-05 Bulletin.