§ 37. Mr. Brooks
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to ensure that before a court passes sentence upon a convicted thief, it should ascertain what subsequent action is to be taken by the injured party for the recovery from the offender of the value of the stolen goods.
§ Mr. Taverne:
The relationship between criminal proceedings and the victim's civil remedies is being studied by the Advisory Council on the Penal System as part of its inquiry into reparation by the offender. My right hon. Friend will consider the need for legislation in the light of the Council's recommendations.