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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:32 am on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 11:32 am, 24th November 2011

The National Audit Office has revealed the shocking statistic that £2 billion is owed to the Ministry of Justice by convicted criminals in outstanding confiscation orders and unpaid court fines. That figure is £400 million higher than in the previous year. Given that it is the policy of Her Majesty’s Government to reduce the number of people in prison and increase the number of criminals who are fined, may we have an oral statement from the Secretary of State for Justice, so that we can hold him to account for this shocking state of affairs?