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Sentencing Advisory Panel

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how victims of crime may make their views known to the Sentencing and Advisory Council. [114352]

The Sentencing Advisory Panel consults extensively in formulating its advice and welcomes views from anyone who wishes to contribute. Full details are on the Panel"s website at www.sentencing-advisory-panel.gov.uk. It is obliged to consult Victim Support. In addition, membership of the Panel is drawn widely and anyone may apply.As a result of Government amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill, the proposed membership of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, to which the Panel will provide advice, will include those from a non-judicial background, at least one of whom will have experience of the promotion of the welfare of victims.