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Director Of Public Prosecutions

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will publish in the Official Report a detailed list giving, for the longest and most convenient stated period of time, the number of cases investigated by the police which have subsequently been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions with recommendations for prosecution where the Director of Public Prosecutions has declined to initiate proceedings for the stated reasons; and what have been the costs of such activities on each case or in total.

The Director keeps no records of the number of his Department's cases in which he does not agree with the recommendations of the police, from whom he receives within the region of 16,000 to 17,000 applications each year—not all of which will include recommendations for proceedings. The cost of extracting the information requested would be wholly disproportionate to its value.