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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

As I have already set out, we are seeing more people going to prison and custodial sentences are increasing for these offences following the change in the law. On the question of deterrence, this is in part about sentencing, and these are clearly serious offences, but there are other factors when it comes to the deterrent effect; it is not just about sentences. We have to bear that in mind as well.