§ Mr. Mark Oaten
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many restraining orders have been issued by the courts in each of the last five years.
§ Paul Goggins
Restraining orders for sexual offenders came into force on 1 June 2001 under the Sex Offenders Act 1997 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000. 17 restraining orders were issued by the courts between 1 June 2001 and 31 December 2002. Figures for 2003 will not be available until next year.