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Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to announce changes to the 50 per cent. remission for those convicted of serious offences in Northern Ireland. (96151)

Following a review of the sentencing framework in Northern Ireland, I am considering a range of options, including indeterminate and extended public protection sentences for dangerous violent and sexual offenders. I plan to announce proposals for a new sentencing framework before the end of the year.