Sexual Offences Act 2003

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morrow Lord Morrow DUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the past five years action has been taken under Sections 60A or 60B of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 concerning the detention or forfeiture of vehicles (1) in England and Wales, and (2) in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Section 60A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 gives authority to a court to order the forfeiture of a vehicle where a person has been convicted under Sections 57 to 59 (trafficking for sexual exploitation) of this same Act. The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for offences under Sections 57 to 59 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, by the number of forfeitures, in England and Wales, from 2007 to 2011 can be viewed in the table.

Section 60B states that if a person has been arrested for an offence under Sections 57 to 59, a constable or a senior immigration officer may detain a relevant vehicle, ship or aircraft. The Home Office advises that information on arrests under Sections 57 to 59 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and subsequent actions under Section 60B of the Act, is not available. Arrests data reported to the Home Office are provided at offence group level only: for example violence against the person and sexual offences. From these centrally reported categories it is not possible to separately identify arrests made under specific offences. Data on detentions of vehicles resulting from arrests are not collected by the Home Office.

Information for Northern Ireland is a matter for the Department of Justice, Northern Ireland.

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