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Scientific Expertise

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the representations of Sir David Napley that scientific and forensic expertise ought to be made available to defences.

My right hon. and learned Friend has received no direct representations from Sir David Napley on the availability of scientific and forensic expertise for the defence although we are aware of his recent newspaper article on the subject. The establishment of forensic science units independent of the Government is a matter for private initiative.