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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in each police force area in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008; and when he plans to publish qualitative analysis of the impact and effectiveness of each type of anti-social behaviour intervention. (288860)

[holding answer 21 July 2009]: Data on the number of Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued and breached in England and Wales are available up 31 December 2007. The number of ASBOs issued during 2007 and the number proven in court to have been breached at least once during 2007 (latest available) is shown in the table. It is important to note that many of the breaches counted in this table will have arisen due to ASBOs issued in years prior to 2007.

The Home Office has commissioned two pieces of work evaluating interventions to tackle antisocial behaviour. These are:

Research to examine local variations in the use of antisocial behaviour interventions. This was the first step to developing further work into the comparative effectiveness of different approaches to tackling antisocial behaviour. The findings of this study are due to be published in autumn 2009; and

An evaluation of the comparative effectiveness of interventions to address anti-social behaviour. Results from this evaluation are due in 2010.

Three independent reports have confirmed that our approach to tackling antisocial behaviour is working. The National Audit Office (NAO) reported that two thirds of people stop committing ASB after one intervention, rising to nine out of 10 after three interventions. Many of these were warning letters and antisocial behaviour contracts which are voluntary measures.