Restorative Justice Pilot Schemes

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 19th October 2010.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby 2:30 pm, 19th October 2010

My right hon. Friend referred to the community payback scheme. I recently spent a day with the community payback team in my constituency, helping to cut back branches in a local area of woodland. I saw the benefits of such work to both offenders and the community. Does he agree that such schemes play an important part in the justice system?