HC Deb 22 April 1971 vol 815 cc1354-5
27. Mr. Longden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the existing powers magistrates' courts have to exact financial restitution from persons convicted of vandalism.

Mr. Carlisle

The main powers are given by provisions in the Malicious Damage Act, 1861; Section 14(1) of the Criminal Justice Administration Act, 1914 (as amended); and Section 34 of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952 (as amended).

Mr. Longden

While thanking my hon. and learned Friend for that answer, is not the target for all these young hooligans their pockets, in view of the fact that it is no longer considered civilised to visit their sins on their backsides?

Mr. Carlisle

I have a good deal of sympathy with what my hon. Friend says. The Criminal Damage Bill going through the House at the moment provides for the payment of compensation in magistrates' courts to a maximum of £400 by those guilty of offences of criminal damage.