Prosecutions: Disclosure of Information

Attorney General written question – answered on 12th July 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Attorney General, if she will publish the data her Department holds on the number of cases in the last 12 months where all identifying information is redacted from case information passed to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police to allow race-blind decisions.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has delivered all but one of the CPS recommendations in the Lammy review into ‘Black and Ethnic Minority Representation in the Criminal Justice System’.

The Lammy Review recommended that the CPS introduce ‘race-blind’ charging decisions, whereby identifiers of ethnicity are removed from material considered by the police when reaching a charging decision. The CPS rejected this recommendation as it was operationally not feasible. They instead committed to publishing data on ethnicity and charging decisions to monitor disproportionality as part of quarterly performance data.

The data for Q4 2021-22 will be published on the CPS website on 21 July 2022.

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