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Courts: Fines

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines imposed by courts in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08 remain unpaid. (244239)

Although my Department identifies the total value of fines owed and the total value of fines collected within each police force area, current management information systems do not allow for these to be separated into those imposed and paid within a single year. It is therefore not possible to say how many fines imposed in a year remain unpaid.

However the following table contains amounts that have been owed and collected in the last five years.

New net amount owed (£)

Amount paid (£)

Payment rate (percentage)

2003-04

288,923,893

212,785,348

74

2004-05

276,717,475

221,505,558

80

2005-06

281,231,031

233,332,326

83

2006-07

266,533,663

244,555,540

92

2007-08

270,341,364

256,117,663

95

This table indicates that there has been year on year increases in the payment rate for financial penalties.