§ Mr. Parris
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place and how many convictions were obtained, in the five years culminating in the most recent year for which figures are available, for the use of motor cycles not silenced to a noise level within the permitted maximum.
§ Mr. Mellor
The available information relates to proceedings at magistrates' courts for noise caused by a faulty silencer in a motor cycle, moped or scooter and is given in the following table.
Proceedings and findings of guilt at magisrates' courts for noise caused by a faulty silencer on motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. England and Wales Number Year Proceedings Findings of guilt 1979 1,833 1,750 1980 2,448 2,338 1981 2,465 2,315 1982 2,790 2,616 1983 2,672 2,527