Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke made a statement to the House of Commons on sentencing reform and Legal Aid on Tuesday 21 June 2011.
The Lord Chancellor outlined the Government responses to two recent consultations on plans to reform punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders, and on Legal Aid in England and Wales.
He also introduced the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice Sadiq Khan, responded to the statement on behalf of the opposition.
Watch or read the statement in full and responses from MPs:
The Lord Chancellor's statement followed a Written Statement published earlier that day.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.