Justice Committee

Press notice
No. 4 of Session 2007-08

5 December 2007 - For Immediate Release

Lord Carter's Review of Prisons

The Ministry of Justice has today published Lord Carter's report Securing the future: Proposals for the efficient and sustainable use of custody in England and Wales, dealing with the unsustainable rise in prisons population and its causes.

In the course of its current inquiry Towards Effective Sentencing, the Committee has taken evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations on the root causes and effects on the prison and parole system of a fast growing number of sentenced prisoners. The Committee placed particular emphasis on examining the contribution of the new indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) and short custodial sentences to prisons overcrowding.

The Committee will take oral evidence from Lord Carter and criminal justice stakeholders on Wednesday, 12 December at 9.15 a.m. Further details of the evidence session will be announced in due course.

1.The report by Lord Carter of Coles, Securing the future: Proposals for the efficient and sustainable use of custody in England and Wales, can be found online at


2.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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