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Police Cautions

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place for reviewing the appropriateness of the local use of conditional cautions for criminal offences; and if he will make a statement. (134947)

Conditional cautions are a statutory pre-court disposal which must be administered in line with the Code of Practice for Conditional Cautions and the Director of Public Prosecution's Guidance on Conditional Cautioning. The conditional cautioning scheme is currently being rolled out on a national basis. Criminal justice areas must demonstrate they have met all the implementation criteria, including adequate training before the scheme can be introduced.

The use of conditional cautions is monitored centrally and locally on the basis of monthly data. In addition, area implementation teams have been asked to engage with local judiciary, to provide them with feedback on the operation of the scheme and to enable them to raise any issues of concern.