Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2003-04, dated 20 July 2004


The Home Affairs Committee announced today that it will inquire into the Government's strategy for combating all types of anti-social behaviour, examining both the effectiveness of available powers and issues of enforcement and co-ordination.

Among the questions they will consider are:

• the causes of anti-social behaviour;

• the effectiveness and proportionality of current powers (including anti-social behaviour orders, fixed penalty notices, dispersal powers, confiscation orders, and local authority powers in relation to housing);

• issues of enforcement and co-ordination, looking at the respective roles of local authorities, different Government Departments, CDRPs, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, housing authorities and landlords, and how they inter-relate;

• the impact of Government initiatives;

• the role of parenting support, youth and community services and the youth justice system in diverting young people from anti-social behaviour;

• disparities in levels of anti-social behaviour and in the use of powers to combat it across the country; and

• responsibilities of the private sector for tackling anti-social behaviour.

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,000 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry.  Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by 14 September 2004.  Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee.  If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk or on a disk. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.