HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 c603W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the penalties for those who entice children into prostitution. [18492]

Mr. Maclean

The Government announced on 16 January that it had decided to carry out a review of existing maximum penalties for sex offences. This will include the offence of causing or encouraging the prostitution of a girl under 16. The purpose of the review will be to identify any anomalies in existing penalties, and to ensure that penalties properly reflect the comparative gravity of existing offences.