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False Accusations

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list organisations that received funding from his Department to help individuals who claim to have been falsely accused of criminal offences; and how much each organisation received in the last 10 years for which figures are available. (47402)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has received Grant in Aid from the Home Office from its inception in 1996 to date, as shown in the following table. The Commission's role is to review and investigate possible miscarriages of justice and to refer cases to an appropriate appeal court where there is a real possibility that the conviction, finding, verdict or sentence will not be upheld.

The Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice provides free, confidential and independent advice to members of the public who have cases in the Court of Appeal. It has received funding from 2004-05 as follows:

2004-05: £97,000 grant for a pilot scheme

2005-06: grant of £108,445

2006-07: grant of £119,400.

Criminal Cases Review Commission: Grant in Aid

Amount (£)

1997-98

14,303,977

1998-99

4,517,134

1999-2000

5,530,000

2000-01

5,415,000

2001-02

6,525,000

2002-03

7,000,000

2003-04

7,800,000

2004-05

25,750,000

2005-06

6,834,628

1 This figure includes the last three months of 1996. 2 The 2004-05 figure was reduced in comparison with the previous years because the CCRC had to use their cash reserves as required by the Treasury under the rules of Government Accounting.