§ Mr. John
Section 49 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972 cannot, unlike the basic community service arrangements themselves, be brought into effect selectively in only one or a limited number of areas. The prior need has to be to extend community service to all parts of England and Wales and to strengthen existing schemes: additional resources for this purpose will be made available in 1978–1979. There would also need to be sufficient resources to cope with the extra work arising out of the implementation of these provisions. I am aware, however, of the interest that has been shown in the extension of community service to fine defaulters, and we propose shortly to consult those concerned on the practical considerations involved. My right hon. Friend has no plans at present for extending community service to categories 299W of offenders for which no statutory provision has yet been made.