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Emily Thornberry (Shadow Attorney General; Islington South and Finsbury, Labour)

To ask the Attorney-General whether he proposes that deferred prosecution agreements for companies which report financial wrongdoing should apply to offences committed prior to the implementation of such agreements.

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Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation); Reigate, Conservative)

I have been asked to reply

on behalf of the Department for Justice.

My Department is continuing to work with the Solicitor-General and his officials on the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements, a new approach to dealing with economic crime committed by commercial organisations. I expect to publish a consultation document shortly.

The consultation document will address the question of whether deferred prosecution agreements will be capable of being applied to criminal wrongdoing committed prior to the introduction of such agreements.

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