Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Chair, Education & Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) if he will propose legislative provisions for magistrates to impose sentences on those who graffiti public and private buildings which involve cleaning up graffiti;

(2) if he will introduce the option for magistrates to impose community service orders for those who graffiti.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The removal of graffiti is one of the tasks carried out by offenders who are sentenced to community punishment, the new name for community service. Community punishment is a sentencing option available to magistrates when convicting those who graffiti. The work done by offenders on community punishment orders is decided locally within the framework of the national standards for the supervision of offenders in the community. Dedicated litter and graffiti squads exist in a number of probation areas.

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