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Home Office questions

The sentences handed down to criminals could be published online in future, Policing Minister Nick Herbert has told MPs.

At question time on 7 March 2011, Mr Herbert said that the coalition hoped to build on the success of its crime-mapping website which shows how many offences have been committed in particular streets.

Mr Herbert said: "This website is a strong example of this government's commitment to greater transparency in public services, giving communities the information they need to hold their local police to account."

He said the coalition planned to release more information through the website.

"Six trail-blazing police forces are looking at how this can be done, including looking at how we can provide sentencing outcome information so the public would know not just that the crime was committed, but what happened afterwards in the criminal justice system," he said.

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