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Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Attorney-General if he will arrange for statistics to be placed in the Library showing the number of convictions in England and Wales founded upon uncorroborated confessions obtained by the police for each of the years 1980 to date.

No. The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.Such evidence is considered by the Crown prosecution service in the course of its review of each such case in accordance with the code for Crown prosecutors.