Justice Committee

Press Notice No. 9 (Session 2007-08)

21 January 2008 / For Immediate Release


As part of its continuing scrutiny of Sentencing Guidelines, the Justice Committee has decided to inquire into the Consultation Guideline on Causing Death by Driving, issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council on 9 January 2008. The Committee is seeking written evidence on the Consultation Guideline by Friday 15 February and is particularly keen to hear views on the following key areas:

  • The balance between culpability of the offender and harm caused

  • Public attitudes and confidence

  • The effectiveness and cost of different sentences, including impact on the prison population

  • The consequences of particular sentences with reference to factors such as youth and victims

Further guidance on the format and length of submissions is given below. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Call for evidence:
Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline is 15 February 2008.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 1,500 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT COMMITTEES ARE NOT ABLE TO INVESTIGATE INDIVIDUAL CASES.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), Rosie Cooper MP, Mr David Howarth MP, Daniel Kawczynski MP, Siân James MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Humfrey Malins MP, Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Robert Neill MP, Dr Nick Palmer MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP

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