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Alcoholic Drinks: Fines

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines were levied for consuming alcohol in a designated public place in each police force area in each year since 1997; what the average fine in each year was; and what percentage of fines were unpaid. (263498)

The number of fines issued in court and the average fine amount, in all police force areas, from 2002 (earliest available) to 2007 (latest available) are given in the table. The data for unpaid fines are not broken down by offence but the national payment rate for all financial penalties imposed by the courts in 2007-08 was 95per cent.

The data in the table do not include penalty notices for disorder (PNDs). The number of PNDs issued for failure to comply with a requirement by a constable within a Designated Public Place Order are as follows: 485 in 2004, 712 in 2005, 1,061 in 2006 and 1,544 in 2007.

Number of fines issued and average fine amount by police force area (PFA) for drinking in a designated public place1, 2002-07

£

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

PFA

Fines issued

Average fine

Fines issued

Average fine

Fines issued

Average fine

Fines issued

Average fine

Fines issued

Average fine

Fines issued

Average fine

Avon and Somerset

1

60.00

2

30.00

4

42.50

1

10.00

3

41.67

4

96.25

Bedfordshire

2

42.50

12

26.67

2

40.00

9

31.67

5

40.00

4

57.50

Cambridgeshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

1

50.00

Cheshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

Cleveland

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

5

85.00

6

66.67

Cumbria

1

30.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

0

n/a

Derbyshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

100.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Devon and Cornwall

1

30.00

4

51.25

4

32.50

3

23.33

0

n/a

0

n/a

Dorset

1

50.00

0

n/a

1

100.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Dyfed-Powys

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

75.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

Essex

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

Gloucestershire

0

n/a

1

25.00

2

20.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Greater Manchester

1

50.00

1

20.00

4

45.00

3

123.33

0

n/a

1

50.00

Gwent

0

n/a

0

n/a

4

107.50

0

n/a

6

37.50

3

83.33

Hampshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

0

n/a

1

100.00

1

80.00

Humberside

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

Kent

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Lancashire

0

n/a

3

43.33

2

35.00

1

100.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

Leicestershire

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

2

45.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

Merseyside

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

4

50.00

3

58.33

Metropolitan Police

11

48.18

23

240.00

13

40.38

12

72.92

10

45.50

5

49.00

Norfolk

0

n/a

7

25.71

2

22.50

2

50.00

2

30.00

4

58.75

North Wales

1

30.00

0

n/a

2

75.00

2

75.00

1

50.00

3

60.00

Northumbria

1

50.00

2

105.00

3

76.67

8

62.50

3

50.00

9

50.00

Nottinghamshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

40.00

2

47.50

South Wales

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

0

n/a

1

100.00

0

n/a

South Yorkshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

75.00

2

37.50

Staffordshire

0

n/a

3

25.33

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Suffolk

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

2

52.50

Sussex

1

50.00

1

20.00

5

55.00

6

43.33

7

37.14

4

37.50

Thames Valley

0

n/a

9

40.00

18

44.17

5

55.00

5

54.00

3

58.33

West Mercia

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

5

118.00

West Midlands

0

n/a

3

43.33

8

53.13

7

65.00

2

27.50

11

50.91

West Yorkshire

0

n/a

1

20.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

Wiltshire

0

n/a

0

n/a

1

50.00

1

75.00

0

n/a

0

n/a

Total

21

45.95

72

37.17

78

49.94

63

58.57

59

48.98

76

60.92

n/a = Not applicable

1 Under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 which came into force on 1 September 2001, there were no offenders sentenced in 2001.

2 Excludes one fine amount which exceeds the statutory maximum and may be erroneous.

Notes:

1. Where a PFA does not appear in the list there have been no offenders fined in any of the years listed.

2. These data are presented on the principal offence basis.

3. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

4. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice