HC Deb 03 April 2001 vol 366 c175W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what discussions she has had with the judiciary on sentencing guidelines, with particular reference to convicted offenders in wheelchairs. [156250]

Jane Kennedy

None. Sentencing is a matter for the courts. Parliament lays dow the parameters within which sentencers must work but it is then for the courts to decide on sentences in the individual circumstances of each case. Sentencing guidelines are laid down by the Court of Appeal, with the assistance of advice from the Sentencing Advisory Panel. Additionally, the Magistrates' Association publishes guidance to assist magistrates with sentencing.