HC Deb 14 October 1991 vol 196 c16W
Mrs. Currie

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to the courts on sentences for people convicted of violence on first offence.

Mr. John Patten

The Criminal Justice Act 1991 will introduce a clear statutory framework for sentencing, under which the penalty will be based on the seriousness of the offence for which the offender is being sentenced. A custodial sentence, or a longer one than justified by the seriousness of the offence, will be available to protect the public from serious harm from a violent, or a sexual, offender.

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