§ Mr. Malins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average fine imposed by(a) justices of the peace and (b) stipendiary and metropolitan stipendiary magistrates in relation to cases of driving with no insurance in each of the last three years.
§ Mr. Michael
[holding answer 10 June 1997]: The information collected centrally does not allow a distinction to be made between the types of magistrates who deal with a case.
However, the following table shows the average fine imposed by all magistrates' courts for driving uninsured against third party risks in England and Wales in the years 1993, 1994 and 1995. Figures for 1996 are not yet available. It also shows separately figures for metropolitan police forces, where stipendiary and metropolitan stipendiary magistrates are most likely to operate, and other police forces. Those fined for driving without insurance are often dealt with for other offences as well. It is difficult to know whether there is a significant difference in the case profiles of offenders dealt with by courts in different areas.
Average fine in England and Wales for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks All magistrates' courts(£) Magistrates' courts in, metropolitan forces (£) Magistrates'courts in other police forces (£) 1993 188 180 194 1994 209 205 212 1995 223 224 223