§ Mr. Hilary Benn
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of court fines were collected in each year since 1971. 
§ Jane Kennedy
Figures for court fines alone are not available. In the year 1999–2000, the magistrates courts received payment of 58.1 per cent. of the value of new impositions and orders made in that period in criminal matters (including fines, compensation orders, confiscation orders and contributions to legal aid) although some receipts were in relation to amounts imposed in earlier years. In the period April 2000 to December 2000, the figure was 54.9 per cent. Data collection of this sort started in April 1999, and figures for earlier periods are not available.