Prison statistics 1991 to 1994
for licence evasion fine defaults

 

The statistics on this page were given by the The Home Secretary on 23rd October 1995 in response to a House of Commons written question by Mildred Gordon MP.

Ms Gordon asked what were the number of fine defaulters for non-payment of the television licence received in prison between 1991 and 1994, by age, gender, ethnic origin, sentence length imposed and average sentence length actually served, for the years 1991-1994.

The average time imposed was 4 days for males and 3 days for females. The average time served was 11 days for males and 9 days for females.

 

Table 1: Receptions into Prison Service establishments in England and  
Wales for non-payment of fine imposed for using a television without a
licence, 1991-1994 year and gender                                                        

         1991          1992          1993          <1>1994             

Age     |Male  |Female|Male  |Female|Male  |Female|Male  |Female       

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18-20   |5     |8     |10    |6     |8     |15    |4     |4            

21-25   |56    |35    |80    |46    |103   |78    |85    |70           

26-30   |62    |32    |98    |50    |115   |67    |101   |60           

31-35   |40    |26    |59    |15    |89    |42    |113   |37           

36-40   |35    |11    |39    |21    |71    |31    |53    |36           

41-45   |23    |13    |48    |12    |60    |26    |57    |14           

46-50   |12    |7     |31    |7     |42    |14    |30    |13           

51-55   |11    |3     |21    |1     |32    |2     |25    |5            

56-60   |10    |1     |12    |2     |20    |2     |11    |2            

61-65   |2     |-     |4     |-     |5     |1     |8     |2            

Over 65 |2     |-     |2     |-     |2     |-     |-     |-            

                                                                       

Total   |258   |136   |404   |160   |547   |278   |487   |243          

<1> Provisional figures.       

                                        


Table 2: receptions into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for non-payment of
fine imposed for using a television without a licence, by gender and ethnic origin, 1991<1> Ethnic origin |West Indian, |Indian, Pakistani, |Chinese, Arab, |Other, not recorded Year |White |Guyanese, African |Bangladeshi |Mixed origin |(including |Total |refusals) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1991 Male |248 |4 |3 |3 |- |258 Female |130 |1 |1 |2 |2 |136 <1> The 1991 figures are based on an ethnic origin coding similar to that used in the EC labour force survey. The 1992 to 1994 figures use a new ethnic classification which is congruent
with that used for the census of population. Table 3: receptions into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for non-payment of
fine imposed for using a television licence without a licence, by gender and ethnic origin,
1992-1994<1> Ethnic origin |White |Black |South Asian |Chinese and other Year |African, Caribbean, |Bangladeshi, Indian,|Chinese, Asian |Total |other |Pakistani |other, Other --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1992 Male |386 |12 |2 |4 |404 Female |148 |8 |- |4 |160 1993 Male |519 |21 |5 |2 |547 Female |267 |8 |- |3 |278 1994<2> Male |462 |17 |4 |4 |487 Female |232 |10 |- |1 |243 <1> The 1991 figures are based on an ethnic origin coding similar to that used in the EC labour force survey. The 1992 to 1994 figures use a new ethnic classification which is congruent
with that used for the census of population. <2> Provisional figures.

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