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Planting Of Evidence

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of alleged planting of evidence were made last year against the police in England and Wales; and how many of these resulted in prosecutions.

Such information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will bring forward amendments to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in order to guard against the planting of evidence on suspects by police.

No. Such conduct, if proved, already constitutes an offence under the police discipline code, and I see no justification for amending the Act along the lines suggested.