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How many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Wales.
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?
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.