Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th May 1995.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:00 am, 18th May 1995

I repeat the point, because the public need to know. Crime has doubled in the past 15 years, while the number of convictions and cautions has gone down by 7 per cent. The number of cases dropped by the CPS has risen by nearly 50 per cent., and the acquittal rate has risen by 60 per cent. Does that not show that there is a serious crisis of confidence in the Crown Prosecution Service, and that reform of that service is urgently needed?