§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have now been taken to court and convicted for non-payment of poll tax in each local area; and how many have received prison sentences.
§ Mr. John Patten
In the period 1 April 1990 to 30 June 1991 the magistrates courts made 3,960,111 liability orders. During this period the courts ordered the immediate or suspended committal to prison of 448 non-payers. Information for the period 1 July to 30 September should be available in mid-November and will then be placed in the Library in the usual way.