HC Deb 24 February 1971 vol 812 c132W
43. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will authorise the public expenditure involved in the appointment of debt collectors by local authorities where deemed necessary by those authorities for the collection of outstanding fines; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Fines collection is not a function of local authorities, but of the courts. Expenditure on the staff of burgh or justice of the peace courts does not require authorisation from my right hon. Friend.