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Alternative Sentences

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on (a) the development proposals for alternative sentences for those who genuinely cannot pay court fines, and (b) deductions from earnings and benefits for those who can pay court fines. [108654]

The Home Office are looking at the feasibility of alternative sentences including unpaid work instead of fines in particular circumstances.We are considering how the use of attachments against earnings and deductions from benefits can be made a more effective part of the arrangements for improving fine enforcement.