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 Rob Flello Rob Flello Shadow Minister (Justice) 2:30 pm, 19th October 2010

Last year alone, offenders carried out more than 11 million hours of unpaid work through the community payback scheme, which is a model of restorative justice. Across the country, offenders have cleaned graffiti, repaired community centres and worked on environmental projects, including helping to repair flood damage in Cumbria. The scheme was established by the previous Labour Government in the face of Conservative opposition-indeed, at the time, the current Attorney-General dismissed it as a gimmick. Will the Minister confirm that that excellent Labour programme is in fact now being expanded by his Government because it provides an important role in punishing and rehabilitating offenders?