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Magistrates Courts

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of differences between magistrates courts in their use of custody for remand and for sentences. (253523)

On 5 December 2007 we published a report on local variation in sentencing in England and Wales. The study describes geographic variation in custodial sentencing for the period 2003 to 2006 and the possible reasons for it. No similar assessment has been in relation to the use of custody for remand.