HC Deb 23 May 2003 vol 406 c91W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how victims of crime may make their views known to the Sentencing and Advisory Council. [114352]

Paul Goggins

The Sentencing Advisory Panel consults extensively in formulating its advice and welcomes views from anyone who wishes to contribute. Full details are on the Panel"s website at www.sentencing-advisory-panel.gov.uk. It is obliged to consult Victim Support. In addition, membership of the Panel is drawn widely and anyone may apply.

As a result of Government amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill, the proposed membership of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, to which the Panel will provide advice, will include those from a non-judicial background, at least one of whom will have experience of the promotion of the welfare of victims.