HC Deb 08 July 1971 vol 820 cc435-6W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why, in view of the fact that the present figure of over £6 million of outstanding fines is greatly in excess of last year's figure, he will not take steps to initiate a scheme of payment of such fines on a basis of a discount for early payment and a cumulative percentage increase for fines outstanding on a 2½ per cent. per month on such arrears.

Mr. Carlisle

Because the figure includes fines, the time for payment of which had not expired, and because my right hon. Friend is not satisfied that such a scheme, which would require legislation and greatly complicate the procedure for the enforcement of fines, would be effective as an inducement to defaulters to pay.

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