To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many liability hearings for outstanding poll tax have so far taken place with the defendant present; of these how many (a) orders were made or (b) no order were made; and what is the status of those not falling into either categories (a) or (b).
Information on liability hearings for non-payment of community charge where the defendant was present is available for the period 1 April 1991 to 31 December 1991. During that period the total number of liability hearings conducted where the defendant was present was about 129,000. Liability orders were made in about 107,000 of these hearings. Other information about liability hearings with the defendant present is not collected.