Orders of the Day — Crown Prosecution Service

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:49 pm on 12th January 1995.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Crewe and Nantwich 7:49 pm, 12th January 1995

I am sure that the Solicitor-General's Department has briefed him carefully, and that he has not come to the House unprepared. How many cases does he know of in which evidence was given to the court for four days and the judge then called counsel together and asked—presumably, though no clear statement was made about the matter—for a change in the pleas? If the Solicitor-General can assure me that that is not unusual but happens frequently, I think that the House of Commons should consider certain questions. I want him to tell me that what happened in this case was not unusual.