New Clause 53

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:15 pm ar 29 Tachwedd 2007.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 6:15, 29 Tachwedd 2007

Indeed, that is for reconviction. Neither I, nor the hon. Gentleman know how much reoffending goes on that is not caught. Reconviction is at a very high level. I am not proud of that fact. It is something that we should address in detail. It is an issue that is of great importance and the hon. Gentleman is right to raise it. I ask him to withdraw the motion on the basis that we will examine how we can affect employability and will look at questions about the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as part of the “Breaking the Cycle” review that we are undertaking. I do not think that the public or the Committee would accept that there is not still a role for custody for individuals in the community who commit very serious offences.