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Shoplifting: Prosecutions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

13. To ask the Solicitor-General what representations she has received from small businesses on the rate of prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service for shoplifting offences. (204038)

As far as I know neither the Attorney-General’s Office for the Crown Prosecution Service has received representations from small businesses.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor assured the House that the Government take very seriously the need for the whole criminal justice system to be as effective as possible in tackling crime against shopkeepers and small businesses.

I commend the hon. Member’s efforts to support small businesses in her constituency.