I am glad to be able to inform the House that Mr. Kenneth Younger has accepted my invitation to be Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Penal System. I hope to announce the names of the other members shortly.
The terms of reference of the Council are:
To make recommendations about such matters relating to the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders as the Home Secretary may from time to time refer to it, or as the Council itself, after consultation with the Home Secretary, may decide to consider.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when he expects this advisory council to start its work?