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Litter: Fines

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what enforcement measures have been undertaken by each local council to impose penalties for litter under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005; how many fines have been imposed; and to what value. (240893)

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, local authorities can issue a fixed penalty notice, namely an on the spot fine of up to £80, to anyone caught dropping litter. Local authorities can bring prosecutions for non-payment of charges which can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and a criminal record upon conviction.

Latest figures (April 2006-March 2007) on the number of fixed penalty notices issued show:

Number of fixed penalty notices issued for litter: 43,624

Total amount collected: £1,521,900.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fines have been imposed by local councils for the littering of (a) cigarette butts and (b) chewing gum in the last 12 months; and what the total monetary value of such penalties was. (240895)

The number of fines issued by local councils is collated under the broad heading of litter and not broken down to the different types of litter. The amount collected from fixed penalty notices for littering for the year 2006-07 (the most recent year for which figures are available) is £1,521,900.