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Anver Sheikh

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications of the quashing of the Anver Sheikh case in the Court of Appeal on 16 October for the quality of the case originally brought. (95437)

I cannot comment on individual cases, however, I am sure that the Crown Prosecution Service will consider carefully what the Court of Appeal says when the full judgment is published.

Since the Home Affairs Committee Report in 2002, much has been done to improve the way that investigations of historical child abuse are carried out. In particular, guidance from ACPO and the CPS has been developed and reflects lessons learned from the original investigations which took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s.