Written Answers. - Sentencing Policy.

Tony Gregory

Question:

864 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the average length of sentences for drug crimes during 1999 and to date in 2000. [19368/00]

I understand from the Courts Service that court statistics are not compiled in such a way as to provide the information sought by the Deputy. However a major expansion in the use of information technology is currently under way in the Courts Service and systems are being developed at present to provide improved statistical information on sentences imposed by the courts in the future.