HC Deb 15 February 1965 vol 706 c173W
Mr. Buchanan

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give the cost to British Railways of property damaged or destroyed by vandals during 1964; what was the number of prosecutions brought during 1964; and what was the average fine imposed.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The British Railways Board tell me that detailed information for 1964 is not available. A special survey showed the cost of repairing losses of this kind in 1963 to be about £150,000. The Board estimate, however, that if consequential losses and the expense of preventive action are included the total cost may be as high as £500,000 a year. During 1964, 906 prosecutions were bought. The average fine, over the 767 cases where this penalty was imposed on conviction, was £4 4s.