HC Deb 20 November 1969 vol 791 cc1496-7
17. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parking tickets were issued by police authorities in the last year; what percentage of the fines went to defray cost of wages and administration; and what rules govern the disposal of the remainder of the fund.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

During 1968 the police in England and Wales issued 1,046,358 fixed penalty notices. The number of those that related to parking offences is not known. Fixed penalty payments are transferred to the Ministry of Transport without deduction for costs of administration.

Mr. Digby

Are we to assume that this is the only form of central control—the transfer of these funds to the Ministry of Transport? Is there any information about how much of this money is being devoted to improve parking spaces for motorists?

Mrs. Williams

Yes, Sir. Local authority profits from parking meters, which include excess charges, are used to finance the provision of off-street car parking. The other penalties which arise are transferred to the Ministry of Transport because the police are financed under. a separate Vote.