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Sentencing Advisory Panel

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received on the Sentencing Advisory Panel’s consultation on theft from a shop; and if he will make a statement. (110605)

Between 1 November 2006 and 19 January 2007, I have received 83 letters from Members of Parliament and 56 letters from members of the public about the Sentencing Advisory Panel’s consultation on theft from a shop. It is for the Panel, and then for the Sentencing Guidelines Council, to decide how to take account of comments on the consultation paper. I will have an opportunity to offer my own comments when the Sentencing Guidelines Council issues its draft guideline in due course.