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Fixed Penalties: Richmond Park

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for introducing fixed penalty notices for minor offences committed in Richmond Park. (261416)

The offences of littering, dog-fouling and illegal cycling committed in Royal Parks, such as Richmond park, are included in a proposed list of offences which could attract a penalty notice for disorder (PND) on which the Government intend to consult shortly. Regulations currently preclude the use of fixed penalties for these offences inside the Royal Parks.

The consultation period will last three months from the date of issue of the consultation paper. Subject to the response of the consultation, the Government intend to lay an order adding new offences to the PND scheme before Parliament before summer recess. New offences are added by means of secondary legislation under the affirmative resolution procedure.