HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 cc339-40W
Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what procedure the Army has, similar to judges' sentencing conferences, to enable a general discussion by relevant people about the level of sentences.

Mr. Freeman

The Army holds a biannual discipline seminar which is attended by the permanent presidents of district courts-martial, and by representatives of Army Legal Services and of the disciplinary branches of formations responsible for convening courts martial. The Judge Advocate General or his representative also attend. Additionally, the Judge Advocate General, from his experience of sentencing in Crown courts, advises convening officers in the great majority of cases.