Mike Penning calls on judges to make use of their powers to give more severe sentences for assaults on police officers and other emergency workers.
If the Government are going to support the private Member’s Bill mentioned by the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch), it is important that the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service play their part as well, and that, when the Sentencing Council suggests that judges give more severe sentences for assaults on police officers and other emergency workers, they do what it says on the tin.
Let me first congratulate my right hon. Friend, and secondly say how much I agree with him. That will not be a surprise, in view of his record in the Chamber in relation to these issues. I will indeed convey his request to the CPS, and ensure that we deliver that.