HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 c642W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what statutory authority a judge can sentence a man to imprisonment on a criminal charge, who after one day's imprisonment is released by the same judge when no fresh evidence on appeal has been heard; and on how many occasions such procedures have happened for the longest and most convenient period of time.

Mr. John

Section 11(2) of the Courts Act 1971 provides that a sentence imposed, or other order made, by the Crown Court when dealing with an offender may be varied or rescinded by the Crown Court within a period of 28 days. There is no central record of the number of occasions on which a sentence has been varied or rescinded in accordance with this section.