HC Deb 01 March 1995 vol 255 cc576-7W
Mrs. Golding

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is(a) the maximum and (b) the average penalty imposed on any person convicted for offences relating to the employment of children, and (c) how many served a term of imprisonment in the last year that figures were available.

Mr. Maclean

Information for 1993—the latest available—is given in the table. 1994 data will not be available until autumn 1995.

Sentencing data for offences against the employment of children England and Wales
1993 data
Legislation Offence description Maximum sentence Prosecutions Convictions Conditional discharge Total fined Average fine given Maximum fine given Probation order Immediate custody
Children and Young Persons Act 1933 Sec 4 Causing a child or young person to be in any street, &c, for the purpose of begging £500 or 3 months or both 29 25 16 8 £31 £50 1
Education Act 1944 Sees 58–60 Employment of children or young persons £200 or 1 month or both 2 1 1 £50 £50
Children and Young Persons Act 1933 Sees 18 to 21 (Sec 18 as amended by the Children Act 1972) Restrictions on the employment of children (including street trading) £1,000 5 4 4 £159 £300