§ Mr. Fowler
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total value of fines collected in Scotland in each year since 1965; what was the total value of fines remaining uncollected; and how this money was distributed.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
The amount received in fines imposed in the sheriff courts and burgh and justice of the peace courts in the financial years 1967–68 to 1970–71 is given in the following table. Similar figures are not available for earlier years and those for 1971–72 are not yet ready.
Amount received in respect of fines in Sheriff Courts* £ Burgh and justice of the peace courts £ 1967–68 953,806 379,000 1968–69 1,095,334 408,000 1969–70 1,251,658 519,000 1970–71 1,381,701 534,000 * Figures derived from Exchequer accounts. -Estimates based on local authority financial returns.
Information is not available for fines due but unpaid, or for fines written off as irrecoverable in the case of burgh and justice of the peace courts. But fines written off after three years as irrecoverable in the case of the sheriff court amount to less than 1 per cent. of the fines imposed in each year.