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Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish information on judges to allow comparison of their sentencing for the same offences. (132253)

There are no plans to enable analysis of sentences by individual judge. It would not be possible to analyse the sentencing decisions of individual judges in such a way as to allow for any meaningful comparison, as no two offences or offenders are identical. It is the role of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division to ensure consistency of sentencing, either in relation to appeals against sentence or references by the Attorney-General.