Justice Committee Press Notice

Press notice No. 25 of Session 2008-09

2 April 2009



The Sentencing Advisory Panel produced a consultation paper on principles of sentencing for youths in December 2008. The Justice Committee expects therefore to receive a draft sentencing guideline from the Sentencing Guidelines Council in due course. The committee is minded to look at key issues in relation to the sentencing of youths in advance of receiving the draft sentencing guideline. The committee therefore invites written evidence on the issues set out below:

€ the use of custodial sentences for young people and the realisation of a custodial sentence as a measure of last resort;

€ the balance between the different aims of sentencing for young people;

€ the approach to sentencing for the new Youth Rehabilitation Order, including breach; and

€ the consequences of different sentences for different youths with regard to factors such as gender, race and mental health.

The committee is likely to return to these issues once the Sentencing Guidelines Council has developed the draft guideline, however in the first instance submissions should be received by 28 April 2009

Further guidance on the format and length of submissions is given below.

Call for evidence:

Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible€”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 28 April 2009.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 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. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000


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

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