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Uncollected fines

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that there were 2billion of uncollected fines and confiscation orders from criminals, the PMS said that clearly the Government wanted fines to be paid. He said the backlog went back over the last five years. The National Audit Office had recognised that there had been considerable improvements to the financial management of Ministry of Justice over the past 12 months and the Government was increasing the fine collection rate. He said there were also a couple of very large confiscation orders that distorted the figures.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be seeking assurances from the Justice Secretary that the fines would be collected, the PMS said the Government was committed to dealing with the backlog which had built up over the last five years. Asked if the Prime Minister felt plans to increase the number of criminals who receive fines instead of custodial sentences should be delayed while the backlog was dealt with, the PMS said the Government was addressing the backlog and that the collection rate of fines had increased.

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