HC Deb 19 December 1979 vol 976 c221W
Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to encourage courts to use community service orders rather than prison against fine defaulters.

Mr. Whitelaw

I have as yet reached no decision about the implementation of section 49 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972, which would enable magistrates' courts to make community service orders in respect of fine defaulters.