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Evidence Of Identification (Guidelines)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet assessed the effect of the guidelines concerning evidence of identifications laid down by the Court of Appeal in 1976 in its judgment in Regina v Turnbull; and whether as a result he will introduce legislation on the lines recommended by the Devlin committee.

After consulting representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession, chief officers of police and others, we are satisfied that the Court of Appeal's guidelines on identification evidence deal effectively with the problem identified by the Devlin committee and we see no need for legislation. We have informed the Royal Commission on criminal procedure of the results of the consultations and of the conclusions we have reached.