§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the practical considerations involved in delaying the implementation of Section 49 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972; and whom he is consulting.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Offenders to be given community service orders need to be carefully selected and there may be problems in applying to fined defaulters the existing arrangements for selection. Practical problems also arise over the ability of fine defaulters at any time to end their orders by paying off their outstanding fine or to reduce the hours for which they are required to work by paying off part of the sum due. In the first place I am consulting the probation service representative bodies; when I have their comments I shall consult those concerned with sentencing.