30. Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Attorney-General how many alleged contraventions of Section 76 of the Local Government Act, 1933 have been reported to the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of the last five years; in how many cases he has instituted proceedings; in how many cases convictions were obtained; and what was the average fine imposed.
§ The Attorney-General (Sir Peter Rawlinson)
In 1967, 23 alleged contraventions of this Section were reported to the Director, two cases were prosecuted, one person was convicted and fined £120. In 1968, there were 25 reports, two prosecutions, one person convicted who received an absolute discharge. In 1969, there were 26 reports, two prosecutions, one person was convicted and fined £20. In 1970, there were 23 reports and no prosecutions. In 1971, there were 33 reports and no prosecutions.
Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman look at the voting at the last meeting of the Southampton City Council on the resolution dealing with the sale of land in order to see whether any matters should be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions?
§ The Attorney-General
If the hon. Gentleman cares to send me any matters which he believes that the Director of Public Prosecutions should consider, I shall see to it that they are put before him immediately.