HC Deb 09 March 2004 vol 418 cc1463-4W
Chris Ruane

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many on-the-spot fines were issued in each police authority area(a) in total and (b) per 10,000 population since their introduction, listed in descending order of number per 10,000 population. [157703]

Ms Blears

Penalty notices for disorder were piloted in four police forces for a period of 12 months from August and September 2002. Five police forces were involved: the British Transport Police (in West Midlands area only), West Midlands and Essex Police (both forcewide), North Wales Police (initially in their Central Division and then forcewide from April 2003) and the Metropolitan Police (Croydon Division). During the pilots over 6,000 penalty notices were issued.

An evaluation report is being compiled and will be published. The report will provide a detailed breakdown of the penalty notices issued during the pilots.

The penalty notice for disorder schemes is currently being rolled out to all police forces in England and Wales and is due to be in place nationally by 1 April.

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