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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date his Department’s qualitative review of anti-social behaviour orders commenced; which matters are being analysed as part of the review; what estimate he has made of the cost of the review; what methodology is being used; and when he expects (a) the study to be completed and (b) the review to be published. (297148)

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 work was conducted by Ipsos MORI and comprised a survey sent to all CDRP ASB co-ordinators and multi stakeholder focus groups within eight CDRPs. All sites that participated in the focus groups were informed that the details of areas and individuals involved would remain anonymous to facilitate the open sharing of views and prevent identification of individuals involved.

This research project contract costs were £37,700 and the field work was conducted between February and May 2008. The findings of this study will be published in due course.

An evaluation of the comparative effectiveness of interventions to address antisocial behaviour. This started in December 2008 and results from this evaluation are due in early 2010. A mixed methodology has been used in this study with a quantitative data exercise to meet the PAC recommendation of gathering information on the extent to which individual and situational characteristics influence the effectiveness of interventions to tackle ASB. Qualitative data has been collected through interviews and case files reviews.

Once again all sites that participated in the qualitative research were informed that the details of areas and individuals involved would remain anonymous to facilitate open sharing of views and to prevent the identification of both victims and perpetrators of ASB. Contract costs for the project are £200,463. The research will be published in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders in each category are in force in relation to residents of (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) Peterborough City Council area and (c) Cambridgeshire. (297790)

The latest available published data on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued covers the period 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2007 and are not available below Criminal Justice System (CJS) area level.

The number of ASBOs issued at all courts in the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice System area on application and the number issued following conviction is 49 and 103 respectively, a total of 152.

ASBOs can be of a fixed duration (for a minimum of two years) or made until further order. It is therefore not possible to determine from centrally collected data how many ASBOs are in force at a particular point in time except by reference to individual court files which could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.