Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (Human Rights Act)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5 April 2001.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 12:00, 5 April 2001

My hon. Friend is right. As a result of the Human Rights Act, the CPS is much more conscious of the rights of defendants. As I said, in most cases the challenges have not proved to be successful. I do have concerns; some courts are looking at cases of delay, regarding them as a breach of article 6 of the European convention on human rights, which, frankly, I do not accept. As I have said on a number of occasions in the House, we are trying to change the culture so that all public institutions will be much more conscious of the rights of ordinary people. I should have thought that Opposition Members would support that aim.