HC Deb 26 June 2000 vol 352 c381W
26. Mr. Hilary Benn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of restorative justice schemes. [126145]

Mr. Charles Clarke

The final warning scheme, reparation order and action plan order under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, were implemented across England and Wales on 1 June 2000; the referral order under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 will be piloted in seven areas from summer 2000 ahead of national implementation. All these measures reflect the restorative justice principles of responsibility, reparation and reintegration in tackling offending and requiring offenders to make amends for their actions. For adults, community service orders provide the opportunity for offenders to undertake work for the benefit of the community.

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