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Stop and Search

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1252W, on stop and search, how many of the resultant arrests were (a) made under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000, (b) of people aged 18 years or under and (c) of people aged 18 years or under and made under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000. (256434)

Information on the number of persons arrested under terrorism legislation and for other reasons following stops and searches 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. It is not possible to separately identify arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000 from other terrorism legislation from the information reported to the Home Office.

The data on stops and searches under terrorism legislation reported to the Home Office do not 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 and resultant arrests, 1999-2000 to 2006-07, England and Wales

Number

Stops and searches in order to prevent acts of terrorism

Resultant arrests

Total searches

Total arrests

Arrests for terrorism offences

Arrests for other reasons

1999-2000

1,900

18

1

17

2000-01

6,400

45

1

44

2001-02

10,200

189

20

169

2002-03

32,100

380

19

361

2003-04

33,800

491

19

472

2004-052

37,000

468

64

404

2005-06

50,000

563

105

458

2006-07

41,900

480

28

452

1 Formerly sections 13A and 13B of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 and repealed under the Terrorism Act 2000 (which came into force on 19 February 2001).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