HC Deb 05 December 1991 vol 200 c215W
21. Mr. Jacques Arnold

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use being made of community service orders.

Mr. John Patten

The courts are making good use of the community service order. In 1990, following the introduction of national standards, the number of orders rose by 10 per cent., from 34,040 in 1989 to 37,490 in 1990.