Shoplifting: Prosecutions

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Solicitor-General what representations she has received from small businesses on the rate of prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service for shoplifting offences.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

As far as I know neither the Attorney-General's Office for the Crown Prosecution Service has received representations from small businesses.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor assured the House that the Government take very seriously the need for the whole criminal justice system to be as effective as possible in tackling crime against shopkeepers and small businesses.

I commend the hon. Member's efforts to support small businesses in her constituency.

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