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Community Service Orders

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of administering community service orders in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available; how many orders were made per 100,000 of the population in that year; and what was the average cost per order.

The gross expenditure incurred by local authorities in the financial year ended 31 March 1989 in respect of community service schemes was estimated to be £3·2 million. There were 3,492 orders made during the same period, representing 69 per 100,000 population. On the basis of these figures, the average cost per order was about £920.