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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Oral Answers to Questions — Home – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The latest figures, as reported to the Home Office by the Courts Service, show that 270 ASBOs have been issued in Wales up to 30 June 2005.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant PPS (Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Secretary of State), Department for Constitutional Affairs

It is good to know that some ASBOs have been issued in Wales. May I convey to my hon. Friend the frustration felt by many of my constituents when either an individual or a family is clearly ruining the peaceful nature of a village, yet, out of some kind of misguided liberalism, sometimes the police and often social workers and others, refuse to engage with the ASBO process?

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

ASBOs have been a great success and of the 270 ASBOs issued in Wales, 15 have been issued in Rhondda. I understand my hon. Friend's frustration, but the powers are being used in his constituency, and I am sure that his constituents appreciate that. He is right that those powers can have a great effect on the ground and the onus is on local authorities everywhere to see how they can make greater use of them. I am sure that there are grounds in Wales for the greater use of the powers that we have introduced.