HC Deb 20 November 1996 vol 285 c579W
4. Mr. Butler

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the effects of his proposals to introduce minimum sentences in Scotland with particular reference to the safety of the public. [3462]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The proposals in the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill for automatic life sentences for repeat sexual or violent offenders and for a minimum sentence of seven years for a third conviction for trafficking in class A drugs demonstrate our determination to provide the public with the protection they deserve.

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