Home Department written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what family details are recorded on police charge sheets; and what guidance is issued to police officers on how charge sheets should be completed.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Only the detainee's name and address, and the address to which he or she will be bailed (if granted) are recorded on the charge sheet.

The charge sheet (form MG 4) is part of the process used by members of the prosecution team, police officers and Crown Prosecutors concerned with the preparation, processing and submission of prosecution files. A copy of the form and guidance on its completion is contained in the Prosecution Team Manual of Guidance. The Manual of Guidance Editorial Board, which consists of representatives from the Home Office, ACPO, the CPS and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, is responsible for the contents of the contents of the manual. The 2004–05 edition can be found at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/legalprocess/courts/manualofguidance.html.

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