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Pergamon Press Ltd

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Attorney-General if he can now announce his decision following the Director of Public Prosecutions' investigation of Permamon Press.

Yes. This complex matter has been the subject of a lengthy and extensive police investigation, involving a succession of police reports and consequent opinions from counsel instructed by the Director of Public Prosecutions. The final police report was received at the beginning of April, and together with all the papers, including the reports of the inspectors appointed by the Department of Trade under Section 165 of the Companies Act, it was carefully considered by counsel. They prepared a final series of opinions for the Director of Public Prosecutions. In these opinions counsel came to the conclusion that proceedings against anyone concerned would not be justified. The Director of Public Prosecutions agreed with this conclusion. Having studied the opinions and relevant papers, and discussed them with counsel and the Director of Public Prosecutions, I am of the same opinion.