Appendix 1: The Anti-social Behaviour
Letter from Rt Hon David Blunkett, Home Secretary,
to the Chairman
Anti-social Behaviour Bill
As you are no doubt aware, the Anti-social Behaviour
Bill completed its Commons stages on Tuesday. At Report stage
a number of new provisions were added to the Bill. I thought that
it might be helpful to the JCHR to specifically highlight those
in new Part 8.
The new Part 8 of the Bill contains a new power to
deal with trespassory encampments, including those on land forming
part of a highway, without any of the existing preconditions.
This power could only used by police when a local authority has
made adequate site provision. The offence of aggravated trespass
has also been amended to cover buildings as well as land in the
open air. This would apply where a person trespasses and does
anything that is intended to intimidate or deter persons from
engaging in that activity, obstructing or disrupting the lawful
activity of others.
As with the rest of the Bill I believe that the provisions
in Part 8 are wholly compatible with human rights legislation.
A more detailed assessment is contained in the new version of
the Explanatory Notes that accompany the Bill; I attach the relevant
extract for information.
I am copying this letter to Lord Sainsbury at the
Department for Trade and Industry.
26 June 2003