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Prosecution Statements

Volume 227: debated on Tuesday 22 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to give the defence the right to see prosecution statements in summary trials; and if he will make a statement.

We have no plans at present to extend to defendants accused of summary offences the provisions of the Magistrates Courts (Advance Information) Rules 1985. The issue is, however, within the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice and we will consider carefully any recommendations it might make.