HC Deb 06 December 1984 vol 69 c280W
Mr. Bermingham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of persons convicted of soliciting or loitering under the Street Offences Act 1959, and subsequently committed to prison for default of payment of the fines in respect of the following courts (a) Nottingham, (b) Old Street, (c) Sheffield, (d) Birmingham, (e) other courts recorded and (f) courts not recorded for the years 1982, 1983 and the first six months of 1984.

Mr. Mellor

The information available, which is incomplete, is given in the following table:

Prostitutes committed into custody by magistrates' courts in default of payment of a fine
Magistrates' court* 1982 1983 1984†
Nottingham City 2 6 4
Nottingham County
Old Street 7 17
Sheffield 1 1 13
Birmingham 6 10 4
Other courts recorded 32 91 73
Courts not recorded 42 53 42
Total 83 168 153
* In the case of an offender not given time to pay who was also previously remanded in custody this is not necessarily the same as the court committing in default.
† January to June.

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