The Law Commission has recently published a wide ranging consultation paper on issues connected with criminal liability in regulatory contexts. The paper suggests that criminal law is used too often in circumstances where a non-criminal civil penalty, or other civil measures, would better fit the regulatory context. The paper proposes that criminal sanctions be used for only the most serious offences, with low-level criminal offences repealed in circumstances where introducing a civil penalty is likely to secure a more appropriate punishment or act as a suitable deterrent. Comments are invited by 25 November 2010.