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Criminal Justice System (Delays)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to tackle delays in the criminal justice system. [15796]

The Government are committed to tackling delay throughout the criminal justice system especially in the youth justice system and have pledged to halve the time taken to deal with persistent young offenders. The Crime and Disorder Bill will contain the necessary measures and, will make provision for statutory time limits which will be tougher for young offenders than for adults, and tougher still for persistent young offenders.