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Anti-social Behaviour Orders

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The available information for England and Wales is given in the tables below and shows the widespread use of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) in all regions. However, ASBOs are just one tool available for tackling anti-social behaviour and local agencies are encouraged to use them alongside other interventions such as injunctions, warning letters and acceptable behaviour contracts.

Information for Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for, respectively, the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office.
Table A: Number of anti-social behaviour orders issued, as reported to the Home Office, at all courts, by Government Office Region (GOR) and type of court, from 1 April 1999 to 30 September 2004


CJS areaMagistrates' courtsThe Crown courtCounty courtsTotal
North-east GOR1606--166
Cleveland40----40
Durham521--53
Northumbria685--73
North-west GOR893958996
Cheshire733--76
Cumbria453--48
Greater Manchester532706608
Lancashire13115--146
Merseyside11242118
Yorkshire & the
Humber GOR483133499
Humberside621--63
North Yorkshire313--34
South Yorkshire9913103
West Yorkshire291----299
East Midlands GOR160291190
Derbyshire398--47
Leicestershire146121
Lincolnshire114--15
Northamptonshire292--31
Nottinghamshire679--76
West Midlands GOR509186533
Staffordshire725279
Warwickshire441146
West Mercia137----137
West Midlands256123271
East GOR291223316
Bedfordshire265--31
Cambridgeshire423--45
Essex401142
Hertfordshire575--62
Norfolk544--58
Suffolk724278
London GOR343174364
Greater London(1)343174364
South East GOR34921--377
Hampshire799--92
Kent773--80
Surrey30----30
Sussex987--106
Thames Valley65--269
South West GOR192481241
Avon & Somerset92141107
Devon & Cornwall4030--70
Dorset28----28
Gloucestershire203--23
Wiltshire121--13
England3,380269333,682
Wales13653144
Dyfed Powys18----18
Gwent22--224
North Wales333--36
South Wales632166
England & Wales3,516274363,826




1 Metropolitan Police and City of London.






 
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Table B: Number of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued, breached and where breach resulted in a custodial sentence, as reported to the Home Office, by Government Office Region (GOR), 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2003 1


CJS areaASBOs issuedASBOs breachedCustodial sentence
given for breach of an ASBO 2
North-east GOR1075827
Cleveland26174
Durham342616
Northumbria47157
North-west GOR529229137
Cheshire431510
Cumbria301712
Greater Manchester31713888
Lancashire683717
Merseyside712210
Yorkshire & the Humber GOR2009147
Humberside23106
North Yorkshire1583
South Yorkshire522415
West Yorkshire1104923
East Midlands GOR813416
Derbyshire20116
Leicestershire1041
Lincolnshire851
Northamptonshire1111
Nottinghamshire32137
West Midlands GOR33815892
Staffordshire46158
Warwickshire29143
West Mercia1004828
West Midlands1638153
East GOR1455123
Bedfordshire22126
Cambridgeshire1983
Essex1522
Hertfordshire3196
Norfolk25111
Suffolk3395
London GOR1464631
Greater London 3 1464631
South East GOR1775724
Hampshire442012
Kent5171
Surrey1042
Sussex46186
Thames Valley2683
South West GOR923520
Avon & Somerset47178
Devon & Cornwall2086
Dorset821
Gloucestershire1053
Wiltshire732
England1,815759417
Wales773420
Dyfed Powys1154
Gwent1053
North Wales20114
South Wales36139
Total England and Wales1,892793437




1 Breaches are counted in this table on a persons basis, i.e. multiple breaches (occurring at the same time), or where the order has been breached on more than one occasion, are all counted as one breach. The breach resulting in the severest penalty for a person is used.


2 Excluding two persons given a fully suspended sentence and eight cases where a sentence of one day in police cells was given.


3 Metropolitan Police and City of London.



 
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Afghan Hijackers

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Of the 170 passengers and crew on the plane 79 remain in the UK. Some 25 have been granted asylum or leave to remain in another capacity, four have appeals outstanding against the refusals of asylum or human rights applications, 32 have outstanding applications for asylum or leave to remain in another capacity and nine have exhausted their rights of appeal against the refusal of asylum or human rights applications and await removal. The appeals of nine have been allowed on human rights grounds and consideration is being given to their position. It is not possible to determine the legal costs arising from the hijacking and the consideration of asylum and human rights applications and appeals arising from them without incurring disproportionate expense. Additional costs have been incurred in providing many of them with accommodation and subsistence support.

Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): The Armed Forces operate a policy whereby all new recruits, regardless of age, who have completed 28 days' service (excluding leave) have a right to discharge within the first six months of service by giving not less than 14 days' notice in writing to the commanding officer if they decide that a career in the Armed Forces is not for them. In addition, service personnel under 18 years and three months of age who have passed their statutory six-month period for "discharge as of right", and have had their clear "unhappiness" at their choice of career registered by their commanding officer before reaching 18, can be considered for release from the Armed Forces. This provision does not provide "discharge as of right". The commanding officer has discretion to delay a decision on discharge if he has doubts about the permanence of the individual's "unhappiness" up until the individual reaches 18 years and three months of age. However, it is exceedingly rare for such an "unhappy" individual to be refused permission to leave.
 
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