HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 c92W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many candidates in each of the general elections of 1979, 1983 and 1987 failed to submit a return of their election expenses to the returning officer, and in how many cases prosecutions have been instituted as the result of such failures.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The information requested is as follows:

1979 1983 1987
Number of candidates who failed to submit a return within the statutory period allowed 19 21 15
Number of prosecutions 4 1 2
1 None.
2 Not yet available.

I understand that the Director of Public Prosecutions has not yet decided in every case whether to institute proceedings in respect of the candidates who failed to submit a return after the 1987 general election.