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Civil Proceedings: Custodial Treatment

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are in prison for (a) non-payment of fines, (b) civil debt and (c) other civil matters; and if he will make a statement. (177608)

In 2006, the last year for which information is available, 1,904 persons were imprisoned for the non-payment of fines. In the same year a total of 4,734 persons were imprisoned for non criminal matters in the Crown and magistrates courts. This figure cannot be broken down to show those imprisoned for civil debt or other civil matters.

The figures for those imprisoned as a result of orders made in the County courts are not available.