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Indeterminate Sentences

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 12 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce indeterminate sentences for people convicted of serious violent and sexual offences in Northern Ireland. (90603)

Last year the Northern Ireland Office undertook a public consultation on the Review of the Sentencing Framework in Northern Ireland. Consultees were asked to consider a range of sentencing disposals, including indeterminate and extended public protection sentences. I will shortly be examining policy options considered in the review and the responses to the consultation. Protection of the public will be a central consideration.