§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many combination orders he estimates will be made under provisions contained in the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
§ Mr. Jack
[holding answer 27 October 1992]: The power to make a combination order was introduced by section 11 of the Criminal Justice Act which came into effect on 1 October 1992. The criteria for the use of the power are set out in the section, but sentencing in any individual case is a matter for the sentencer alone. There is, at present, no basis on which to estimate the number of occasions upon which courts may exercise this power.