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Fraud: Elections

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions sought by police for offences relating to electoral fraud were not proceeded with by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 36 months. (241680)

The records maintained by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) comprise information at defendant level rather than at specific offence level, and include no data identifying decisions not to proceed in cases of electoral fraud, either as regards the pre-charge decision phase or post-charge prosecutions. The information may be held on individual case files, but could only be retrieved by locating and examining every relevant file in each CPS office and would incur disproportionate cost.