§ Mr. Paterson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been made in each of the last 12 months in the North Shropshire constituency. 
§ Mr. Bob Ainsworth
Official statistics on the number of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued within England and Wales are based on quarterly returns from magistrates courts committees (MCCs). From copies of the orders we have been able to identify local authority areas involved. The number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs issued in the West Mercia MCC, in which the North Shropshire constituency is located, from 1 October 2001 to 30 November 2002 (latest available), are given in the following table.
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.