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Fines: Surcharges

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money accrued via the victim surcharge introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 has been (a) used directly or indirectly for the purposes of victim support and (b) has remained with the Treasury; and if he will make a statement. (182347)

At the end of November 2007, some £1.5 million had been raised from the collection of the victims surcharge since its introduction on 1 April 2007. All the money is being used to support victims of crime and witnesses. None is being passed to the Treasury. Details of how the money is being used were given in my answers of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1190W, to the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne), and 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 96W, to the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies).