HC Deb 06 July 1882 vol 271 cc1595-6

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What is the estimated amount of the fines or other receipts now paid into the Imperial Exchequer from the counties, boroughs, and metropolitan district, respectively, which it is proposed, under Clause 14 of the Police Bill, to transfer to the Pension Fund; and, whether he can state what is the estimated amount of the fees, fines, penalties, or other receipts, referred to in the said Clause, not at present paid to the Super- annuation Fund, but which it is intended to divert from the police rate, or county rate, for the purposes of the new Pension Fund?


said, that, with reference to the first part of the Question, there were no fines or other receipts now paid into the Exchequer from the counties and boroughs which could be transferred to pension fund. There was a sum of about £3,500 in the Metropolitan district, which would be transferred, under the clause referred to, to the Pension Fund of the Metropolitan police. With respect to the second portion of the Question, he had to state that from the particulars given in the Return just issued, and from the information in the hands of the Home Office, it was calculated that a sum of £64,500 would be diverted from the borough and county funds in other parts of the country to the Pension Fund. Of this sum £20,000 would be taken from fines in counties and boroughs, and about £9,000 would be taken from the fees for pedlars and chimney-sweepers' certificates, also in counties and boroughs. Then there would be about £35,000 taken entirely from the counties from fines for drunkenness and occasional services of the police, and about £900 for forfeited recognizances. He was sorry that was only a rough estimate; but he hoped shortly to be able to give more detailed information.