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Rates (Non-Payment)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons in England and Wales were sent to prison for non-payment of rates in each year from 1964 to 1974, inclusive; and whether, in view of the increase in the numbers of persons appearing before the courts for non-payment of rates, he will henceforth make it a practice to collect information as to their numbers so as to make it available to Parliament.

The following table shows the number of persons received into custody for non-payment of rates in the years 1964–73. The information for 1974 is not yet available.

1964351
1965333
1966392
1967478
1968591
1969656
1970592
1971562
1972487
1973363
The collection of statistics of proceedings brought in respect of non-payment of rates—which is not a criminal offence—is not a matter for my right hon. Friend.