– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st February 2007.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Question S2W-31218

To ask the Scottish Executive, following the comments by the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on 17 January 2007 ( Official Report , c. 31170), whether it will seek to obtain information from the Home Office or any other source on the extent to which the powers to disqualify drivers who have been convicted of offences in relation to prostitution have been employed in England and Wales and, in particular, how many disqualifications there have been and what usage has been made of the powers for the motor cars of such persons to be forfeited for each year since such powers became available.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

The Home Office advise that they collect figures on persons disqualified from driving having been convicted of offences of kerb crawling. Thirty-six such cases were notified to them in both 2004 and 2005. However, they consider that the figures may be subject to data quality problems inherent in large scale recording systems. The Home Office advise that a continuing program of data quality improvement is in place to improve the quality of the data received from courts and police forces.

The Home Office have not been able to provide statistics on the extent to which general powers to seize property, including vehicles, used in the commission of certain offences have been used in relation to people convicted of "kerb crawling" offences.

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