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Shoplifting (Fines)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider increasing the maximum fine for shoplifting.

Shoplifting, which is a form of thelft, is already punishable on conviction on indictment with an unlimited fine, or up to 10 years' imprisonment, or both. The maximum penalties on summary conviction are £400 or six months' imprisonment, or both. My right hon. riend considers that these are adequate sentencing powers.