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Prostitution

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of women convicted of loitering and soliciting who will be ordered to attend meetings under the provisions of clause 16 of the Policing and Crime Bill in the first year of operation of the legislation. (257282)

The Home Office has published an impact assessment on this measure, which is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/iapolicecrimebill08/iaprostitutionreferral?view=Binary

This estimates that up to 321 orders will be made in the year following implementation of this legislation.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources she plans to make available to implement orders requiring attendance at meetings in clause 16 of the Policing and Crime Bill in the first year of its operation; and who will be responsible for the supervision of women convicted of loitering or soliciting under the terms of the proposed legislation. (257293)

We are currently considering this issue and will outline our plans in due course.

Clause 16 provides for the court to appoint a supervisor in relation to an offender subject to an order. The intention is that the supervisor will normally be based in a dedicated support project for those involved in prostitution, where such a project exists in a local area.

However, the role of the supervisor has not been defined in order to allow flexibility in how the order is delivered, and allow courts to appoint the most appropriate person.