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Rate Defaulters

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rate defaulters have been sent to prison in each of the last 10 years; and what were the average maximum and minimum sentences.

Information on the number of persons received on committal by magistrates' courts in default of

Persons received into Prison Department establishments in England and Wales on committal for non payment of rates: by length of committal and type of court 1975, 1980 and 1985
Number of persons1
Length of committalMagistrates' courtsCounty courtsMagistrates' courtsCounty courtsMagistrates' courtsCounty courts
Up to one week24691
Over one up to two weeks2215333383
Over two up to three weeks111121302
Over three weeks up to one month58412021153
Over one up to two months9319583
Over two up to three months1171521781
Over three up to six months1111
Over six months
Not recorded4
1 Based on information recorded centrally, which is approximate. Checking of individual cases would involve disproportionate cost.