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Public Contracts Regulations 2006

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the new plea negotiations guidelines for implementation of regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, with regard to mandatory exclusion. (307445)

I have been asked to reply.

The Attorney-General’s Guidelines on Plea Discussions in cases of Serious or Complex Fraud, which provide a framework within which prosecutors and defence can discuss the issues in a case from an early stage to narrow issues or to reach agreement about acceptable pleas of guilty to criminal offences, do not affect the operation of the law.