RSPB: Prosecutions

Attorney-General written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex 2nd July 2012

To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions brought by the RSPB were taken over by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the last three years; how many such prosecutions were successful; how many were lost; and how many the CPS decided not to proceed with.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General 2nd July 2012

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not hold any central data on the number of requests for private prosecutions to be taken over by the CPS prior to February 2011. Since this date, CPS areas have been required to notify any such requests to the Director of Public Prosecutions' (DPP) Principal Legal Advisor (PLA). The PLA has to date received no notifications that the CPS has taken over any prosecutions brought by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

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