Deaths in Custody

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Jacqui Lait Jacqui Lait Conservative, Beckenham

To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list those individuals and organisations (a) to whom (i) her Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible sent a copy of the consultation "Deaths in custody: a review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service": a consultation paper, and (b) from whom each received a response.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Solicitor General (Law Officers), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

An initial consultation paper for the "Deaths in Custody: A review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service" was sent to 151 people at the end of April 2002. 37 Consultees responded.

An all-day seminar was held on 21 May 2002 to discuss the review. 83 people attended that seminar. The report; "Deaths in Custody: a review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service" was sent out to 217 people. 18 agreed to be named as contributing to the report.

Some MPs were consulted, including those on the Home Affairs Select Committee, Joint Human Rights Committee and the Parliamentary Labour Party and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Also consulted were the judiciary, police, prisons, coroners, overseas DPPs, the legal and medical professions, academics, civil liberties groups, victims and interest groups and members of the general public who expressed an interest.

The 18 people who contacted my office agreeing to their contribution to the report being made known are as follows:

Name
Jonathan Laidlaw Counsel
Gerald Butler QC Counsel
Anthony Heaton-Armstrong Former Chairman of Review of Coroners
Louise Christian Christian Khan
Dr. Roy Palmer HM Coroner, Southern District of Greater London
Lindsay Pennell Victim Support
Selena Lynch Coroner for Inner South District Greater London
Lord Campbell of Alloway QC, ERD
Dr. Margaret Stark Association of Forensic Physicians (formerly Association of Police Surgeons)
Dr. Guy Norfolk Association of Forensic Physicians
Phil Pavey CRE
Robert Johnson Anoka County Attorney, US
Win Griffiths MP
Nogah Ofer Hickman & Rose
Daniel Machover Hickman & Rose
Wendy Towers PCA (at that time)
Kathleen Lowe Law Society
Margaret Warren (for her late husband, Peter Warren) Member of the public

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