Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice

No. 49 of Session 2006-07

18 October 2007


Draft Sentencing Guidelines: Assaults

Following the establishment of the Ministry of Justice, the Constitutional Affairs Committee has taken over responsibility (from the Home Affairs Committee) for the scrutiny of Consultation Sentencing Guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council. As part of this process, the Committee will take evidence on the draft Sentencing Guidelines on Assaults.

Details of the oral evidence session are as follows:

Tuesday 23 October in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 5.00 pm: Cindy Barnett, Magistrates’ Association and Bruce Houlder QC, Criminal Bar Association

At 5.30 pm: Helen Leney, Thames Valley Statutory Adult Restoration Service

A transcript of the session will be available (within 5 days) on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee’s website:

1. More information on Sentencing Guidelines, including the Consultation Sentencing Guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council, can be found on the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s website at:

2. This is the last meeting of the Constitutional Affairs Committee. From 6 November, the day of the State opening of Parliament, the Committee will become the Justice Committee.

3. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), David Howarth MP, Siân James MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Robert Neill MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Jeremy Wright MP

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