HC Deb 14 June 1972 vol 838 cc339-40W
103. Mr. Dell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the increase in prison receptions attributable to Clause 10(1) of the Criminal Justice Bill, in the year following its enactment and in the subsequent year.

Mr. Carlisle

No such estimate can usefully be made, because it is not possible to predict in how many cases, where the courts are now required to suspend a prison sentence, they will pass an unsuspended sentence after Clause 10(1) takes effect, or the effect on the sentencing practice of the courts of other changes which the Bill will make.