BUSINESS QUESTION – SENTENCING POLICY – 6 July 2006

Dr Julian Lewis: May we have a debate on sentencing policy for very serious crimes? Such a debate would enable hon. Members on both sides of the House warmly to endorse the 28-year minimum sentence to be served by the vicious killers of Jody Dobrowski, who was murdered for no reason other than that he was a homosexual. That 28-year sentence will undoubtedly act as a deterrent. A debate would also give us an opportunity both to ask why murderers who kill people in exactly the same way as Mr Dobrowski's murderers do not have to serve anything like the same sentence and why that deterrent is not deemed necessary in such cases.