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Constituency-level crime data
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06309
This note highlights the constituency-level crime data that is potentially available.
Anti-social Behaviour Orders
Published Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN01656
The Home Secretary Theresa May criticised ASBOs in a speech in July 2010. Her criticisms were rejected by former Labour Home Secretaries. ASBOs were introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1988. Their use was slow to start with, but peaked in 2005 before declining again. Some commentators argue that authorities are using alternative remedies. Evaluations have highlighted the relatively high breach rate, but also their role in deterring anti-social behaviour. Publication of a Home Office review is awaited.
Children, Schools and Families Bill: Committee Stage ReportBill No 8 of 2009-10
Published Monday, February 15, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers RP10-12
This is an account of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Children, Schools and Families Bill. The Bill contained a clause on the charitable status of academies, but the Government decided it could achieve its objectives by non-legislative means, and at the end of the Committee Stage the clause was removed. No other changes were made to the Bill in Committee. There were many amendments proposed by the opposition parties but none was successful.
Crime and Security Bill. Bill 3 2009-10.
Published Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-97
The Bill would amend the law governing the taking, retention and destruction of fingerprints and DNA data from persons arrested for, charged with or convicted of criminal offences. It would reduce the requirements on the police to record information following a stop and search. It would introduce new 'go' orders for suspected perpetrators of domestic violence, which could mean excluding them from their homes in order to protect the victim.
The Bill would also, in effect, extend new injunctions for gang-related violence to 14-18 year olds, and require courts to issue a Parenting Order where a child under 16 had breached an Anti-social Behaviour Order. It would require wheel clamping companies to be licensed, and create a new offence of possessing an authorised mobile phone in a prison. It also creates a new offence of preventing a person under 18 from gaining unauthorised access to air weapons.
Children, Schools and Families Bill. Bill 8 2009-10.
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-95
This Bill provides ‘guarantees’ for pupils and parents in the school system, underpinned by new Home School Agreements, and makes provision for parental satisfaction surveys. It also makes changes to the powers of governing bodies of maintained schools; extends the remit of School Improvement Partners; provides greater powers for local authorities and the Secretary of State in relation to failing schools; paves the way for the introduction of School Report Cards; and makes provision to introduce a licence to practise for teachers. The Bill also seeks to implement the recommendations of several major reports. These changes affect the school curriculum; provide a registration system for home educators; and provide an additional right of appeal for parents of children with special educational needs. The Bill would also make changes to the reporting of information relating to family proceedings. Other provisions relate to Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Youth Offending Teams, the charitable status of academies, and the fees system for the inspection of independent schools.
The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
Bill 130 of 2006-07
Published Thursday, August 9, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers RP07-65
Topics: Anti-social behaviour, Asylum, Crime, Crimes of violence, Criminal law, Data protection, Immigration, Legal aid, Legal profession, Nuclear power, Police, Prisons, Sexual offences