Begging and Vagrancy

Home Department written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of alternatives to use of the criminal justice system in reducing the incidence of begging and vagrancy.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

There have been no recent assessments of alternatives to the criminal justice system in reducing the incidence of begging or vagrancy. It is for local areas to determine what works best for them in tackling the problem where it exists.

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