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Magistrates' Courts (Payment Of Fines)

Volume 640: debated on Thursday 11 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative action he proposes to take to avoid evasion of the law where an accused person is proved guilty and sentenced to a fine by a magistrate but the fine is paid not by the accused but by another person or persons without authorisation from the accused person; and how many such cases occur annually in the magistrates' courts in the Metropolitan Police area

I am not aware of any general demand for legislation to prohibit the payment of a fine by a person other than the offender. I regret that no statistics of the kind that the hon. Member asks for are available.