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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued for drunk and disorderly behaviour in each of the last four years. (185292)

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for the offence of being guilty of disorderly behaviour in any public place while drunk, issued in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006, the latest year for which data are available, are set out in the following table.

A PND is a type of fixed penalty that can be issued by the police to persons committing a specified range of antisocial behaviour offences including being drunk and disorderly which attracts a penalty of £80. The PND scheme was rolled out to all 43 police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for drunk and disorderly in England and Wales, 2004-061,2,3

Drunk and disorderly

2004

26,609

2005

37,038

2006

43,556

1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

2 A PND is a form of fixed penalty that can be issued for certain offences including being “drunk and disorderly”. The PND scheme was rolled out to all police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. Under the scheme, the police are able to issue penalty notices of either £50 or £80 for a range of minor disorder offences. The offence of drunk and disorderly attracts a fine of £80 under the PND scheme.

3 This is a recordable offence under statute: S 91, Criminal Justice Act 1967.

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Ministry of Justice