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More appeals

MINISTERS ARE thinking of increasing the number of offences where an appeal can be made if it is felt someone has escaped with a lenient sentence, the Solicitor General, Ross Cranston, disclosed. He told MPs that a growing number of cases were being referred to the Court of Appeal and more sentences were being extended.

Passport chaos

MARGARET BECKETT, Leader of the Commons, dismissed suggestions that the Millennium Bug was to blame for the chaos at Britain's passport offices as merely "scaremongering".

Today's Agenda

Commons: 9.30am

t Debate on drugs.

t Short debate on National Health Service cleft lip and palate units.