RAF Fairford

Home Department written question – answered on 13th December 2004.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times stop and search powers were used under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by each police authority operating in the vicinity of RAF Fairford during the two periods of authorisation covering 6 March to 27 April 2003.

Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett The Secretary of State for the Home Department

Gloucestershire Constabulary has informed me that during the period 6 March to 27 April 2003, 2,254 stop-searches were conducted under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The authorisation of Section 44 powers was made by Gloucestershire Constabulary, and the related operation was also under the authority of Gloucestershire Constabulary. Therefore, although a number of forces took part in the policing operation at RAF Fairford at this time, all stop-searches that took place are recorded in the statistics provided by that force.

There is a discrepancy in the figure given above and a figure previously provided to a parliamentary question asked by Adam Price MP that was answered on 15 October 2003. Gloucestershire police then provided the figure of 2,132 section 44 stop-searches conducted between 6 March and 27 April 2003. The force has informed me that the discrepancy between the statistics in the two answers occurred because some stop-searches were omitted from the earlier total in error. The figures have been subject to review and Gloucestershire police has verified the figure given in this answer as accurate.

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