§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to implement the recommendations contained in the report "Sentencing Practice in Magistrates' Courts" by issuing greater guidance on sentencing policy to magistrates; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Brittan
The report to which the hon. Lady refers has been published in the series of Home Office research studies, and the findings and comments it contains are thus available to magistrates and others. It does not recommend that the Government should issue more guidance to magistrates on sentencing.