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Prosecutions (Authorisation)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will publish in the Official Report the criteria he employs in allowing and refusing permission to prosecute.

The noble Lord, Lord Shaw cross, when Attorney-General, made a statement to the House on 29 January 1951 which was published in the Official Report and in which he described the considerations that he and the Director of Public Prosecutions took into account in deciding whether or not to institute criminal proceedings. I agree with what he said on that occasion and have adopted the principles that he expressed, as have my predecessors.