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Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2005-06/28 17 January 2006

COMMITTEE'S REPORT ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR TO BE DEBATED

A "Westminster Hall" adjournment debate on the Home Affairs Committee's report on Anti-Social Behaviour will be held in Committee Room 10 on Thursday 19 January, from 2.30 to 5.30 pm. The debate is open to the public.

The Committee's report was published on 5 April 2005 (Fifth Report of Session 2004-05, House of Commons Paper No. 80-I). The Government's reply was published as a command paper on 9 June (Cm 6588).

The report's main conclusions were as follows:

In general, the Committee welcomed the measures taken by the Government so far and concluded that the necessary legislation is now in place. The balance between prevention and enforcement in the Government's anti-social behaviour strategy is about right.

The Committee concluded that the Government's strategy is being undermined by different philosophies, methods and tactics amongst key players. Social services departments and others should reconsider whether by attaching greater importance to tackling anti-social behaviour, they could actually achieve more in relation to perpetrators with support needs than  at present.

The Government should respond to this key finding by incentivising partnership working and by reviewing existing funding mechanisms. The Government is making substantial resources available for preventive work but it is not clear that this always reaches  whose need is greatest or key delivery organisations like social services.

The report called for local authorities to use existing powers to set minimum prices for alcohol and to target irresponsible promotions. Mandatory contributions should be taken from alcohol outlets in order to pay for the aggregate effects of large-scale drunkenness in public places. The Committee argued that in the long term the emphasis has to shift to proper city planning, in its widest sense, if problems of alcohol-related disorder are to be fully addressed.

In general, the Committee welcomed the measures taken by the Government so far and concluded that the necessary legislation is now in place. The balance between prevention and enforcement in the Government's anti-social behaviour strategy is about right.

The Committee concluded that the Government's strategy is being undermined by different philosophies, methods and tactics amongst key players. Social services departments and others should reconsider whether by attaching greater importance to tackling anti-social behaviour, they could actually achieve more in relation to perpetrators with support needs than  at present.

The Government should respond to this key finding by incentivising partnership working and by reviewing existing funding mechanisms. The Government is making substantial resources available for preventive work but it is not clear that this always reaches  whose need is greatest or key delivery organisations like social services.

The report called for local authorities to use existing powers to set minimum prices for alcohol and to target irresponsible promotions. Mandatory contributions should be taken from alcohol outlets in order to pay for the aggregate effects of large-scale drunkenness in public places. The Committee argued that in the long term the emphasis has to shift to proper city planning, in its widest sense, if problems of alcohol-related disorder are to be fully addressed.

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NOTE FOR EDITORS: The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005. Its terms of reference are to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies; and the administration and expenditure of the Attorney General's Office, the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office (but excluding individual cases and appointments and advice given within government by Law Officers). The Members are:

Rt Hon John Denham (Chairman) (Lab) (Southampton Itchen)
Mr Richard Benyon (Con) (Newbury)
Mr Shahid Malik (Lab) (Dewsbury)
Mr Jeremy Browne (Lib Dem) (Taunton)
Steve McCabe (Lab) (Birmingham Hall Green)
Colin Burgon (Lab) (Elmet)
Gwyn Prosser (Lab) (Dover)
Mr James Clappison (Con) (Hertsmere)
Mr Richard Spring (Con) (West Suffolk)
Mrs Ann Cryer (Lab) (Keighley)
Mr Gary Streeter (Con) (South West Devon)
Mrs Janet Dean (Lab) (Burton)
Mr David Winnick (Lab) (Walsall North)
Nick Harvey (Lib Dem) (North Devon)