Begging and Vagrancy

Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2014.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many persons prosecuted following cases brought by British Transport police for begging (a) were convicted and (b) appealed their conviction in the last three years;

(2) how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted following cases brought by the British Transport police for the offence of begging in each of the last three years;

(3) how many persons have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted following arrests by the British Transport Police under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in each of the last 10 years for which information is available;

(4) how many prosecutions the British Transport police brought for the offence of begging in each month since January 2012.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Transport.

This data is not readily available, and I have therefore asked the chief constable of the British Transport police to write to my hon. Friend once it has been assembled.

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