Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe, Labour)
Gerry Sutcliffe (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office; Bradford South, Labour)
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 created new indeterminate public protection sentences aimed specifically at sexual and violent offenders. This was part of an overall rebalancing of the system to maximise public protection:
the Government believe serious and dangerous offenders should be kept in prison for as long as is necessary to protect the public;
other offenders should normally be punished in the community.
No additional resources were allocated specifically for IPP but correctional services budgets take into account the overall work load demanded of them, including all the measures in the 2003 Act.