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Civil Servant Prosecutions

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

6. To ask the Solicitor-General what role law officers play in decisions to prosecute civil servants on matters arising out of their employment. (212147)

If the offence is one for which the consent of the Attorney to prosecute is not required, the decision whether to prosecute would be taken by the relevant prosecuting authority. If the offence requires the consent of the Attorney, and the Attorney received a request for consent, she would deal with it in the normal way—namely form a view as to whether there was sufficient evidence and whether a prosecution was in the public interest. The decision would be taken independently of Government.