HC Deb 24 March 2003 vol 402 cc24-5W
Ms Coffey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring is being undertaken of the impact of victims' personal statements on sentencing. [104116]

Hilary Benn

Victim personal statements provide the victims of crime with a formal opportunity to say how they have been affected, and for this to be taken into account by the criminal justice agencies in dealing with the case. The primary purpose of the statement is not to inform sentencing decisions. The implementation and effectiveness of the scheme is being evaluated.