§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to alter the maximum penalties of imprisonment for fine default laid down in schedule 4 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 in the light of inflation since these maximum penalties were laid down in 1977.
§ Mr. Mayhew
I have written to the hon. Member confirming that, when maximum fines are increased to take account of changes in the value of money since 1977, the table of maximum periods of imprisonment for fine default in schedule 4 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 will be altered accordingly.