Anti-social behaviour

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on anti-social behaviour. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

03.11.2014Anti-social behaviour in social housing
This note gives an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour; a term which covers a disparate and broad range of conduct from tensions between neighbours to violent and intimidatory behaviour.
This note considers the financial cost of litter in England and Wales, and the penalties available under current legislation to the enforcing authorities. It also considers forthcoming legislation, and what the public and local groups can do to combat litter.
30.05.2014Anti-social behaviour in private housing
This note outlines the legal position and potential remedies available where people find themselves living next door to tenants of private landlords or owner-occupiers who exhibit anti-social behaviour. Victims of anti-social behaviour should report their circumstances to the local Community Safety Partnership and seek professional legal advice on any remedies that might be applicable in their individual circumstances.
28.02.2014Selective licensing of private landlords (England & Wales)
An overview of local authorities' powers to license private sector rented properties other than houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
03.02.2014Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill: Lords Amendments
This note gives background on Lords Amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill, which are due to be considered by the Commons on 4 February 2014.

Research Papers

04.06.2013Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill
This Bill, which is wide-ranging, will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on 10 June 2013. Amongst other changes, it would reform the 'tool kit' of remedies for anti-social behaviour; amend the law on dangerous dogs; introduce new firearms offences; criminalise forced marriage; give powers to the new College of Policing; implement some of the Winsor report's recommendations on police remuneration; provide new powers for the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and make changes to compensation for miscarriage of justice.
15.02.2010Children, Schools and Families Bill: Committee Stage Report Bill No 8 of 2009-10
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.
22.12.2009Crime and Security Bill. Bill 3 2009-10.
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.
16.12.2009Children, Schools and Families Bill. Bill 8 2009-10.
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.
09.08.2007The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Bill 130 of 2006-07

Select Committee Reports

10.11.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with concern that there are an estimated 5,000 Mosquito devices in the UK; believes that there is a lack of research into the short and long-term effects of the ...
That this House views with concern the levels of alcohol-related disorder and violence, particularly in city centres; notes that alcohol-related crime costs the public 7.3 billion ...
That this House notes the growing use of ultrasonic Mosquito devices; agrees with the Children's Commissioner, Sir Alan Aynsley-Green, that these are ultrasonic weapons designed to ...
That this House congratulates South Devon Liberal Youth's campaign against the ultrasonic Mosquito device at Teignmouth station which has led to Network Rail cutting the use of the ...
That this House congratulates Rachel and Josh Maynard of St. Michael's Church in Aberystwyth for their establishment of Aberystwyth NightLight in November 2008, which arranges for volunteers ...

Lords Library Notes

25.10.2013Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
09.05.2011Debate on 21 May: Safe and Active Communities
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the report 'Our Vision for Safe and Active Communities'.

POST Papers

21.11.2013Minimising the harms of khat
This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses