HC Deb 06 July 1973 vol 859 c212W
Mr. Cormack

asked the Attorney-General whether he is satisfied that magistrates are fully aware of the penalties they can impose for pollution offences under the Oil in Navigable Waters Act.

The Attorney-General

Magistrates attend sentencing conferences and exercises at which all aspects of sentencing are discussed. It is, of course, the duty of magistrates to inform themselves of the penalties they may impose in respect of the cases which come before them.