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Terrorism Act 2000: Stop and Search

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and searched under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (312842)

The information requested covering 2007-08 and 2008-09 is provided in the following tables.

The data provided covering 2008-09 should be considered as provisional, fully verified data for 2008-09 will be published by the Home Office in the annual statistical report ‘Police Powers and Procedures’, which is scheduled to be published in April 2010.

Table 3c: Searches of pedestrians, vehicles and occupants under sections 441 and 442 of the Terrorism Act 2000

2007-08

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Total

Essex

66

238

773

631

1.708

Greater Manchester

0

172

9

0

181

Hampshire

470

1,182

475

435

2,562

Lancashire

0

510

0

0

510

London, City of

679

1,065

516

413

2,673

Merseyside

0

652

5

1

658

Metropolitan Police

7,508

28,865

28,943

36,435

101,751

South Wales

1,119

596

856

525

3,096

Surrey

645

585

654

675

2,559

Sussex2

238

487

310

310

1,345

Thames Valley

55

115

25

47

242

West Midlands

0

332

0

0

332

Other Forces3

132

488

193

193

1,006

England and Wales

10,912

35,287

32,759

39,665

118,623

BTP4

8,902

26,789

17,759

16,185

69,635

Scotland5

32

0

7

39

Great Britain

19,814

62,108

50,518

55,857

188,297

2008-09 (provisional data)

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Total

Essex

776

260

602

748

2,386

Greater Manchester

0

823

249

92

1,164

Hampshire

633

416

441

95

1,585

Lancashire

0

0

0

0

0

London City of

468

607

834

676

2,585

Merseyside

6

42

6

21

75

Metropolitan Police

39,049

43,736

54,631

47,670

185,086

South Wales

662

539

222

271

1,694

Surrey

613

287

53

49

1,002

Sussex2

184

320

429

274

1,207

Thames Valley

25

13

4

22

64

West Midlands

0

0

0

0

0

Other Forces3

155

106

126

109

496

England and Wales

42,571

47,150

57,596

50,027

197,344

BTP4

15,256

15,983

15,378

11,905

58,522

Scotland5

30

56

52

22

160

Great Britain

57,857

63,189

73,026

61,954

256,026

1 Does not include ‘Vehicle Only’ stops.

2 Sussex police currently are unable to separate vehicle searches from passenger searches; as a consequence data here refers only to searches of pedestrians.

3 Where initial individual annual force totals were below 100 for 2007-08 they have been grouped into ‘Other Forces’.

4 British Transport Police figures include both England and Wales, and Scotland.

5 Scottish s44 authorisation commenced July 2007 following the Glasgow airport attack. Figures provided refer only to searches and detail a limited number of actual uses. Further data are available for the small numbers of individuals stopped.