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Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of fines issued in each police force area under (a) fixed penalty notices and (b) penalty notices for disorder have been collected in each year since 1997-98. (266156)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: Information on the outcomes (including payment rates) of fixed penalty notices for motoring offences in 2006 and 2007 (latest available) are provided in tables 1 and 2 placed in the House Library.

Information for the years 1997 to 2005 can be found in the annual Home Office publication ‘Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary tables’—Tables 21(a) and 21(b) refer. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to persons aged 16 and over in each police force area in England and Wales which were paid within 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 3 to 6 placed in the House Library. 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 identify the payment rate of fines arising from unpaid PNDs separately from other court-imposed fines. However, 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.