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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) minimum and (b) maximum fine may be imposed by a penalty notice for disorder for (i) possession of cannabis, (ii) being drunk or disorderly in a public place and (iii) using fireworks after curfew. (249534)

The penalty which may be imposed by a penalty notice for disorder for the offences of (ii) being drunk and disorderly in a public place and (iii) using fireworks after curfew, is fixed at £80. The penalty for possession of cannabis will also be £80 once the offence comes into force, subject to parliamentary approval.

If no payment is received or court hearing requested within the suspended enforcement period, a fine of £120, one and half times the penalty amount, is registered by the courts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of penalty notices for disorder which remained unpaid (a) six and (b) 12 months after issue in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (249537)

The total number and percentage of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) which were not paid from 2004 to 2007 in England and Wales can be viewed in the table. It is not possible to break down the data further into those which remain unpaid at (a) six and (b) 12 months as this information is not held centrally.

PND data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over, by outcome, England and Wales 2004-071,2

Outcome

Number issued

Total paid in full

Percentage paid

Total unpaid

Percentage unpaid

2004

63,639

33,078

52

30,561

48

2005

146,481

77,247

53

69,234

47

2006

201,197

104,546

52

96,651

48

2007

207,544

106,925

52

100,619

48

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 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 Penalty Notices for Disorder came into force in November 2004.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit