We have no plans to amend the tariff systems that apply to mandatory and discretionary life sentences. We intend to ensure that courts have the powers they need. Severe maximum penalties and in some cases minimum and mandatory penalties are available for serious indictable offences. We will keep these penalties under review.
Does the Minister agree that persistent and repeated offences of burglary and serious drug dealing are a scourge on society? Does he recall that we proposed in our manifesto mandatory sentences for such offences? Will he consider introducing such mandatory sentences? If not, how does he intend to enhance Labour's reputation, enunciated by the Prime Minister before the election, to the effect that he would be tough on crime and on the causes of crime?
The hon. Gentleman should be aware that the Government are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. He should also be aware, although it was not part of our manifesto, that we have implemented mandatory sentences in the way proposed by the former Government.