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Penalty Notices

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each police force area have been issued with penalty notices for disorder in each of the last three years, broken down by type of offence; and how many fines imposed by such penalty notices remain unpaid. (265890)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 and over in each police force area in England and Wales, paid within and outside the 21 day Suspended Enforcement Period (SEP) and registered as fines for non-payment, by type of offence from 2004 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in tables 1 to 9 and have been placed in the Libraries of the House. 21 days is the minimum period before which forces can register a fine against the recipient for not responding to a notice, so forces can accept payments after the SEP for administrative purposes. It is not possible to separately identify the payment rate of fines arising from unpaid PNDs, but the latest enforcement rate for all fines, including those from unpaid PNDs, is 85.2 per cent. for the period April to December 2008.

PNDs were implemented in all 43 forces in England and Wales in 2004.

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