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Fine Defaulters/Bail

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

31. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in introducing measures to deal with people who do not pay fines and who break their bail conditions. (76571)

On 27 March we completed the full national rollout to the magistrates courts in England and Wales of the tough new measures introduced in the Courts Act 2003 to deal with fine defaulters. We have also introduced a strategy to improve first time compliance with bail conditions, speed up the execution of Fail to Appear warrants and deal with Bail Act offences robustly when offenders are brought back before the court.