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127. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 27 May 2015 regarding Parliamentary Questions Nos. 273 and 275 of 30 September 2014, Question No. 350 of 10 February 2015 and Question No. 108 of 20 February 2015 outlining the statistics on non-surrender of driver licences by disqualified drivers, which showed that 1,286 drivers were prosecuted in 2013 for driving while disqualified, 1,373 prosecutions were initiated in 2014, 20,315 drivers were prosecuted in 2013 for driving without a licence, and 19,968 drivers were prosecuted in 2014, the penalties these prosecuted drivers received in court if convicted of these offences; if she has this information to hand; if it will be made available to this Deputy prior to the summer recess; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27878/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Courts Service that the information sought by the Deputy is not available in the format requested.
However, in order to be of assistance, the following tables provide data on the number of defendants who had cases listed in court for the offences referred to by the Deputy, where the particular offences were disposed of in Court in 2013 and 2014. As this is a report of outcomes, a defendant could be disqualified, fined and imprisoned on one offence and they will appear below 3 times.
Table A - Driving while Disqualified
Number of Defendants - Driving while Disqualified

Outcome 2013 2014
Community Service Order 58 50
Dismiss 12 28
Dismiss Probation 2
Disqualification 291 283
Fine 157 127
Imprisonment 116 112
Imprisonment Part Suspended 3 2
Imprisonment Suspended 147 130
No Order 13 11
Peace Bond 4 1
Poor Box 1
Probation Order 15 23
Strike Out 255 272
Strike Out Not Served 309 285
Sent forward for Trial 1 2
Taken into Consideration 346 314
Withdrawn 32 42
Total 1,762 1,682
Note Overall Defendants 1,117 1,104

Table B - Driving without a Licence
Number of Defendants - Driving without a Licence
Outcome 2013 2014
Community Service Order 34 31
Dismiss 201 230
Dismiss Probation 79 43
Disqualification 187 152
Fine 2,402 2,751
Imprisonment 103 84
Imprisonment Part Suspended 1 4
Imprisonment Suspended 62 56
No Order 75 47
Peace Bond 7 2
Poor Box 63 26
Probation Order 23 36
Strike Out 7,310 7,843
Strike Out Not Served 5,758 5,029
Sent forward for Trial 1
Taken into Consideration 2,844 2,896
Withdrawn 878 820
Other 6 5
Total 20,033 20,056
Note Overall Defendants 17,575 17,431