Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) recent representations he has received from and (b) discussions he has had with the police on sentencing policy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Straw) and departmental Ministers regularly meet with the police to discuss a wide range of criminal justice issues.

Prior to introduction of the recent Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, discussions at official level have been held with the president of ACPO, to provide an overview of the provisions. The Police Federation, together with the Lancashire and West Yorkshire forces, responded to the consultation "Making Sentencing Clearer" in late 2006.

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