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Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Question for Home Office

UIN HL7758, tabled on 19 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications there have been for the Secretary of State to disregard a conviction under the terms of section 92 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012; how many of those applications (1) have been successful, (2) are still pending resolution, and (3) have been refused; and of those refused, what were the most common reasons for refusal in each calendar year since 1 October 2012 to date.

Answered on

27 April 2016

The information requested is shown in the following tables:

Applicants

Cases

Total

Total

Accepted

Rejected

In progress

2012
(from 1 October)

35

38

14

24

0

2013

83

103

28

75

0

2014

50

71

16

55

0

2015

54

76

22

54

0

2016
(to 20 April)

20

29

3

25

1

TOTAL

242

317

83

233

1

Some applicants apply for more than one case.

Accepted cases

Section 121

Section 131

Military equivalent

Older legislation

2012
(from 1 October)

1

13

0

0

2013

1

27

0

0

2014

2

13

1

0

2015

0

20

2

0

2016
(to 20 April)

0

3

0

0

TOTAL

4

76

3

0

1Section 12 and section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act (1956).

Rejected cases

No records found

Public lavatory1

Non consensual

Under age (16) 2

Not eligible3

Unrelated4

2012
(from 1 October)

0

7

0

0

3

14

2013

0

18

4

1

11

41

2014

5

7

2

0

6

35

2015

5

4

2

2

2

39

2016
(to 20 April)

0

2

0

0

0

23

TOTAL

10

38

8

3

22

152

Where cases are rejected for more than one reason, only one is given in the statistics.

1 sexual activity in a public lavatory. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 excludes conduct which now would be an offence under section 71 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003
2 the current age of consent, 16, is taken
3 Not eligible: offences such a soliciting, indecent exposure etc
4 Unrelated: offences such as shoplifting, assault, benefits fraud etc

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Home Office