Dropped Cases

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 2:35 pm on 29th November 1993.

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Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Attorney General (Law Officers) 2:35 pm, 29th November 1993

My hon. and learned Friend has great knowledge of the criminal justice system and will wish to take to heart what I have just told the House. It is much better to look at individual cases in detail to find out whether there was a solid reason for whatever course was taken. I have done that, and in a very high proportion of the cases that I have examined there was a thoroughly sensible reason for the decision. To look just at bare statistics and draw the wrong conclusion would be a mistake.