John Glen (Salisbury, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 88W, on unpaid fines, what the total balance is of outstanding financial penalties which are not being collected by instalments or by deduction from benefits, and for which additional time to pay has not been given by the court, in England and Wales for the latest period for which figures are available.
Jonathan Djanogly (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (HM Courts Service and Legal Aid), Justice; Huntingdon, Conservative)
At the end of March 2012 the total amount of outstanding financial penalties was £593,270,718
. Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) cannot disaggregate this total to provide the information requested. The outstanding balance quoted is made up of financial penalties which include those not yet due, currently being paid in instalments such as deduction from benefits or by an attachment of earnings, or are in arrears.
The Government takes the issue of fine enforcement very seriously and HMCTS is working to ensure that clamping down on fine dodgers is a continued priority nationwide.
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