Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice; Reigate, Conservative)
On 27 March 2012, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, my right hon. and learned Friend Mr Clarke, published two consultations, entitled “Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences” and “Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services”. They set out the Government's proposals to radically overhaul community sentences to deliver tough and credible punishments; these are supported by far-reaching changes to the probation service, the better to punish offenders, reduce re-offending and protect the public. We will publish our response to both consultations in the autumn.