§ Mr. Peter Archer
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many prosecutions were initiated in England and Wales in the last period of 12 months for which figures are available, respectively for the emission of smoke, dust and grit under the Public Health Acts and the Clean Air Acts; in how many cases, respectively, convictions were obtained; and what was the average fine upon conviction in each category.
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department that during the calendar year 1971, 174 persons were prosecuted under the Clean Air Acts.134W Information on the specific offences is not available. Of the 161 of those convicted, 157 were fined, the average being £15.24p. Information about similar prosecutions brought under the Public Health Acts is not available.