As I said in my reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Pent-lands (Mr. Rifkind) on 27th April 1977, an experiment in community service as a condition of a probation order is going ahead in four regions of Scotland without the need for legislative changes. I am now looking at the possibility of introducing community service in Scotland as a disposal in its own right.
I welcome that answer. I am aware of the experiment, but does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is unfortunate that in Scotland, unlike in England, there is no statutory power for the courts to make community service part of the punishment in a sentence?