Aiding and Abetting

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Steve Rotheram Steve Rotheram Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reform joint enterprise legislation in the 2010-15 Parliament.

Photo of Steve Rotheram Steve Rotheram Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will meet the Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association campaigners.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The law on joint enterprise means that if two or more people share an intention to commit an offence and the offence is subsequently committed, all parties involved can be prosecuted for that offence. They may also be liable for any collateral offences which they foresaw might be committed by other members of the group in the course of putting their plan into effect. But they would not be liable for any offences that were fundamentally different from anything they foresaw or if they had taken steps to withdraw from the enterprise before the plan was carried out.

The law serves a useful purpose in bringing to justice all those who have been involved in the commission of an offence. We therefore have no plans to review or amend it during the life time of this Parliament or to meet with representatives of the campaign group Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association.

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