§ Lord Hardy of Wath
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Over the last four years, how many people have been required to pay a fixed penalty for dropping litter; and how many have been convicted by the courts for this offence. [HL4581]
§ Lord Whitty
Data for only the last three years are available on the DETR database for issuing and payment of a fixed penalty for dropping litter. During this period 8,256 fixed penalties for litter offences were issued, and 4,633 were paid. During this same period there was a total of 1,500 prosecutions resulting in 1,119 convictions.56WA
Table A: Number of Fixed Penalties Issued for the Offence of Leaving Litter DETR Database covers three years Year Number penalties issued Number of penalties paid Total sum received £ 1997–98 727 652 16,305 1998–99 4,778 2,520 62,940 1999–2000 2,751 1,461 36,525
Figures for 1999–2000 are provisional.
Table B: Number of Convictions for the Offence of Leaving Litter Home Office Data covers four years Year Prosecutions Convictions 1996 626 468 1997 505 352 1998 494 377 1999 501 390