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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures are in place to protect those whose convictions are based on an uncorroborated allegation that turns out to be false but has not been formally retracted.

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Gerry Sutcliffe (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office; Bradford South, Labour)

I have been asked to reply.

Uncorroborated allegations do not have a special status and are treated as other evidence. The safeguards in place to prevent miscarriages of justice are applicable to all cases regardless of the evidence used to convict the accused.

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