HL Deb 23 February 2005 vol 669 cc203-4WA
Baroness Stern

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many directions to disperse in the Metropolitan Police area have been made under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse groups and remove persons under 16 to their place of residence. [HL1181]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police tells me that, between January and December 2004, the Metropolitan Police authorised 61 areas under Section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. In these areas, 3,312 people were dispersed and 149 young people under the age of 16 were taken home.