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Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions were brought in each of the last five years for the offence of dropping litter in (a) England and Wales, and (b)Basildon.

The information available to me on proceedings in magistrates' courts in England and Wales for offences under the Litter Acts, which may be incomplete, is published annually in Table S.1.1(a)(iii) of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables, Vol. 1." Data are not collected centrally for Basildon alone, but for the whole of the Billericay petty sessional division where 5 prosecutions were recorded in 1981, 3 in 1982, 2 in 1983 and 5 in 1984.