HC Deb 07 July 2003 vol 408 c636W
Mr. Bailey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Anti-social Behaviour Orders have been granted in England and Wales. [122780]

Ms Blears

Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were introduced from 1 April 1999. The number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs granted within England and Wales, up to 30 November 2002 (latest available), is 785.

We are aware that the numbers of ASBOs made nationally have been consistently under-reported in returns made by magistrates courts and are considering how reporting can be improved.

Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of black and ethnic minority communities in each local authority area have(a) been served with an ASBO and (b) been found in breach of an ASBO; and if he will make a statement. [119681]

Ms Blears

Information collected centrally on the number of civil Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued and refused within England and Wales does not identify the ethnicity of the persons concerned.

For persons dealt with for breach of ASBOs, and ASBOs made on conviction in criminal proceedings from December 2002, the ethnicity has been provided to the Home Office by the courts on a voluntary basis up to 31 March 2003 but the quality of the ethnic data provided is not sufficiently robust to allow publication. The requirement to provide details of ethnicity was made mandatory from 1 April 2003.

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