HC Deb 22 January 2004 vol 416 cc1434-5W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding anti-social behaviour over Halloween. [145344]

Ms Blears

I have previously received a few representations about anti-social behaviour over the Halloween period. In particular the issues surrounding the increase of Trick or Treating by children.

The majority of children enjoy Halloween without causing problems to their community.

Where any individual causes anti-social behaviour at any time of year we are determined that their behaviour is challenged and stopped, and we have provided the tools to ensure this happens.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which provisions of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 will be brought into force on(a) 20 January and (b) 27 February; [149104]

(2) what steps he has taken to ensure that Chief Constables and the Crown Prosecution Service are fully aware of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 provisions that come into force on (a) 20 January and (b) 27 February; [149105]

(3) when the timetable giving the dates for commencement of the sections of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 that are not yet in force will be published; and which sections of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 have not yet been subject to commencement orders. [149106]

Ms Blears

We published "Together-Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour: A Guide to the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003" on 20 January 2004. This explains the Act's contents, how it can be used to deal with the anti-social behaviour and provides commencement dates for all measures in the Act. Copies of the Act will be sent to all Chief Constables in England and Wales and to the Crown Prosecution Service. Copies have also been sent to all Members of Parliament today.

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