HC Deb 05 February 1997 vol 289 c622W
17. Mr. Jacques Arnold

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the impact of law and order reforms in Scotland. [12899]

Mr. Michael Forsyth

We expect the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill to have a significant impact in terms of both public protection and deterrence. The Bill will also improve the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice in Scotland.