§ Mr. Chope
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Hampshire police as to how many arrests under section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 were made in the Portswood subdivision of Hampshire in each of the last five years; and how many have been made so far in 1983.
§ Mr. Hurd
The chief constable of Hampshire has provided the following information. Offences under section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 are confined to one particular area in Southampton which, until 31 December 1982, came within the Southampton central subdivision. For the period 1978 to 1982, figures for cautions and charges for offences committed under section 1 in the Southampton central subdivision are as follows: 393W
Year Cautions Charges 1978 29 17 1979 49 39 1980 33 36 1981 43 53 1982 54 39
Since 1 January 1983 the area has been in the Portswood subdivision; the corresponding figures are as follows:
Year Cautions Charges 1983* 79 129 * To 8 December.