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Fine Defaulters and Low Level Offenders: Consultation Paper

Viscount Addison asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Blatch: Of the 31 responses to the paper, 30 were from organisations and individuals with a direct interest in the criminal justice system.

There was overall support for the wider use of community penalties as proposed in the consultation paper. Seventy-seven per cent. of respondents supported community service and 58 per cent. supported curfew orders for fine default. Sixty-one supported community service and 51 per cent. curfew orders for persistent low level offenders.

We have considered the responses carefully in finalising the details of the proposals which are included in the Crime (Sentences) Bill, published on 25th October 1996.

Mentally Disordered Offenders: Consultation Paper

Lord Willoughby de Broke asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Blatch: We have received 182 responses to the consultation paper, many of which expressed the views of organisations rather than individuals.

One hundred and two respondents (56 per cent.) expressed support for the principle of the proposal to introduce a hospital direction disposal for mentally disordered offenders. Twenty-four of these wished the power to be available only to those diagnosed as suffering from psychopathic disorder.

The responses revealed strong support for the proposal to extend the maximum duration of the interim hospital order. There was broad support for our proposals in relation to discharge and subsequent supervision of mental disordered offenders.

We have considered the responses carefully in finalising the detail of the proposals which are included in the Crime (Sentences) Bill, published on 25th October 1996.

Long-Term Care: Response to Select Committee Report

Baroness Macleod of Borve asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to publish their response to the House of Commons Select Committee on Health's report on Long-Term Care: Future Provision and Funding.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): We have published the Government's response today and copies are available in the Library.



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