§ 37. Mr. Latham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has recently held with representatives of the Magistrates Association about guidelines for consistency in sentencing persons convicted of driving after consuming excessive alcohol; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
None. Sentencing is a matter for the courts within their overall powers as laid down by legislation and in accordance with the guidance given by the Court of Appeal. I understand that the Magistrates Association is considering the issue of new guidelines on road traffic sentencing to its members.