§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for he Home Department when he expects to review the working of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and its effectiveness in deterring crime; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jack
The Criminal Justice Act which came into force on 1 October last year contained a range of 495W provisions designed to establish a coherent sentencing framework based on the principle that the sentence should match the seriousness of the offence. The effects of the Act are being carefully monitored and evaluated as information becomes available.