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Benefit Claimants (Payment Of Fines)

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the grounds upon which his Department pays fines imposed by magistrates for non-payment of television licence fees.

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to similar Questions from the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat) on 15th November 1976.—[Vol. 919, C. 405.] If the hon. Member would let me have details of a case where the policy set out there has not been followed, I will look into the matter.