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Fixed Penalties

Volume 459: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of (a) fixed penalties and (b) fines imposed by the courts in England and Wales were collected in full in each year between 1997 and 2006. (130817)

Table 1 shows the number of fixed penalties issued and the percentage of those fitted penalties that were paid since 1997. Table 2 shows numbers of penalty notices for disorder issued and the percentage paid since inception of the scheme in 2004.

Table 3 details the fines payment rate for the last seven years. Data are collected on the value of financial penalties (including fines) imposed and outstanding and cannot be separated out to identify the percentage of fines imposed in any year that were collected, be it partially or in full.

Table 1: Fixed penalties1

Calendar year

Total number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued (million)

Percentage of FPNs paid in full

1997

3.4

77

1998

3.4

78

1999

3.2

79

2000

3.1

80

2001

3.0

82

2002

3.1

84

2003

3.6

87

2004

3.4

2

1 Figures supplied by Home Office RDS

2 Data due for publication June 2007

Table 2: Penalty notices for disorder (PNDs)1

Calendar year

Total number of PNDs issued

Percentage of PNDs paid in full

2004

63,639

52

2005

146,481

53

1 Figures supplied by Home Office RDS

Table 3: Fines payment rate1

Financial year

Payment rate—England and Wales (percentage)

1999-2000

62

2000-01

63

2001-02

59

2002-03

55

2003-04

74

2004-05

80

2005-06

83

2006-07 year-to-date (April-January)

91

1 Figures supplied by HMCS.

Note:

Payment Rate = Amount Paid divided by New Net Amount Owed

The primary performance indicator is the payment rate. It is defined as the amount paid into court as a percentage of the new net amount owed. Methods of calculating the new net amounts owed have changed a number of times and are detailed as follows:

September 1999 to March 2003—New Net Amount Owed includes Legally Cancelled amounts, Civil monies and Confiscation Orders,

April 2003 to December 2003—New Net Amount Owed excludes Legally Cancelled amounts, Civil monies and Confiscation Orders,

January 2004 to July 2004—New Net Amount Owed excludes Legally Cancelled amounts, Administratively Cancelled amounts, Civil monies and Confiscation Orders.

July 2004 onwards—New Net Amount Owed excludes Legally Cancelled amounts, Administratively Cancelled amounts, Civil monies and Confiscation Orders, but includes Amounts Written Back.

From April 2003 onwards, confiscation and civil amounts have not been included in any of the enforcement calculations. It is not possible to separate those elements out from the figures before that date. As a result of these revisions, direct year-on-year comparisons cannot be made.