COMMITTEE TO CEASE WORK ON INQUIRY FOLLOWING HOME OFFICE SPLIT
The Home Affairs Committee today announced that, as a consequence of the transfer of responsibility for sentencing policy from the Home Office to the new Ministry of Justice, it has, with regret, decided that it has no alternative but to cease work on its inquiry entitled "Towards Effective Sentencing". This matter is now no longer within its remit, but within that of the Constitutional Affairs Committee.
The Home Affairs Committee will publish the evidence it has hitherto received in the inquiry. It has formally passed on the evidence to the Constitutional Affairs Committee, and it encourages that committee to pursue the very important issues raised within the inquiry.
The Committee's inquiry was announced on 6 February 2007. One oral evidence session has been held, with Rt Hon The Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice, on 17 April.
Note to editors: The Committee membership is as follows:
Rt Hon John Denham (Chairman) (Lab) (Southampton Itchen)
Mr Richard Benyon (Con) (Newbury)
Mr Jeremy Browne (Lib Dem) (Taunton)
Ms Karen Buck (Lab) (Regent's Park & Kensington North)
Mr James Clappison (Con) (Hertsmere)
Mrs Ann Cryer (Lab) (Keighley)
Mrs Janet Dean (Lab) (Burton)
Margaret Moran (Lab) (Luton South)
Gwyn Prosser (Lab) (Dover)
Bob Russell (Lib Dem) (Colchester)
Martin Salter (Lab) (Reading West)
Mr Richard Spring (Con) (West Suffolk)
Mr Gary Streeter (Con) (South West Devon)
Mr David Winnick (Lab) (Walsall North)
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