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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 12:00 am, 5th June 2018

My hon. Friend may have noticed that I made some remarks recently that were very sympathetic to that point of view. He has been effective before becoming a bore; I congratulate him on that. Reoffending rates for those given a short sentence are higher than for those given a non-custodial sentence, which is why we are delivering alternatives.