Camberley MP Nick Hawkins has stepped into the controversy over Government advice to courts to stop sending burglars to jail.

Mr Hawkins, who is Conservative shadow Home Office minister, said that contrary to the Government's advice, most people wanted burglars put into prison.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said: "The Solicitor General should be aware that the public's main concern about unduly lenient sentences relates to…burglary.

"Will she take this opportunity comprehensively to reject the ludicrous statements by the Lord Chancellor, supporting Lord Woolf's guidelines, and say today that she agrees instead with the Prime Minister's spokesman that those who commit burglary should face lengthy custodial sentences?

"There has been enormous Government confusion on that.

"The Lord Chancellor is entirely wrong and ordinary people want burglars to be sent to prison." The Solicitor General, Harriet Harman, said: "I entirely agree with the Lord Chancellor and I stand strongly behind what he said."