HC Deb 25 February 2004 vol 418 cc454-5W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by community support officers; and for what offences. [155055]

Ms Blears

Information on how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by Community Support Officers (CSOs) in individual forces is not collected centrally.

CSOs may be given powers to issue penalty notices for a variety of offences. Designating CSOs with these powers, and determining the appropriate recording procedure, is a matter for the Chief Officer in each force which has CSOs. The following fixed penalty notice powers may be given to CSOs: penalty notice for riding a bicycle on the footpath; penalty notice for litter; penalty notice for dog fouling; penalty notice for disorder offences; and those CSOs who are also appointed as Traffic Wardens, may issue traffic penalty notices available for that role.

The following are available to CSOs under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act and have not yet been commenced.

penalty notice to parents for truancy—due to commence 27 February; penalty notice for graffiti—due to commence 31 March; and penalty notice for fly posting—due to commence 31 March.