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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued in each of the last four years; and how many have not been paid in each year. (243325)

The number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued and not paid within the suspended enforcement period in England and Wales for each year from 2004 to 2007 (latest published) are in the table.

Under the PND Scheme, recipients have 21 days in which either to pay the penalty or request a court hearing. If no action is taken, a fine of one and a half times the penalty amount is registered against an offender by the magistrates court. The overall fine payment rate at court is 87 per cent.; the courts fine registration system cannot differentiate between those fines arising from unpaid PNDs and any other fine.

Number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to offenders of all ages and not paid1 in England and Wales, 2004 to 20072

Issued

Not paid

2004

63,639

30,561

2005

146,481

69,234

2006

201,197

96,651

2007

207,544

100,619

1 Not paid = not paid within the suspended enforcement period. For a further breakdown, please see table 7.2 of the Criminal Statistics 2007 publication.

2 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.