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Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on plea bargaining. (163736)

I have been asked to reply.

The Attorney-General issued guidelines on the acceptance of pleas and the prosecutor's role in the sentencing exercise in October 2005; these can be found on

These guidelines superceded earlier guidance on the acceptance of pleas issued by the Attorney-General in December 2000.