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Warrants: Council Tax

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) liability orders and (b) warrants of commitment were issued in respect of council tax arrears in each region of England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (228121)

Information on the number of liability orders is not held centrally on Ministry of Justice systems. It could be provided by contacting each magistrates court and manually collating only at a disproportionate cost.

The following table shows the number of people who were received in England and Wales prison establishments having been committed for non-payment of council tax (or community charge) in each year from 1997 to 2006. This is the most recent 10-year period for which published statistics are available. It is not possible to break down these figures by region.

Number of prison receptions

1997

357

1998

194

1999

101

2000

41

2001

29

2002

21

2003

30

2004

28

2005

21

2006

45

Source:

Ministry of Justice report “Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006”, table 7.10

It is likely that the numbers of warrants of commitment issued in respect of council tax arrears are higher than the numbers of people received in prison, as shown in this table. This is because it is possible for an individual to avoid being conveyed to prison by repaying arrears promptly and in full once a warrant of commitment is issued in their name.