HC Deb 12 February 1990 vol 167 c5W
Mr. Harry Greenway

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to seek the standardisation of court sentences; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

Our proposals for achieving greater consistency in sentencing practice are set out in the White Paper "Crime, Justice and Protecting the Public' (Cm 965), published on 6 February. Sentences need to take account of the differences in the circumstances of offences and offenders: the aim is consistency of approach, rather than uniformity of outcome.