HC Deb 14 December 1953 vol 522 c7
10. Mr. Grimond

asked the Attorney-General how many prosecutions, involving a charge of public mischief, have been initiated in the last five years.

The Solicitor-General

The Director of Public Prosecutions has advised or instituted proceedings in 38 prosecutions involving public mischief since 1st January, 1949. The number of prosecutions by other persons is not available.

Mr. Grimond

Does this include conspiracy to perpetuate public mischief? Further, can the Solicitor-General say what is the common element in these charges?

The Solicitor-General

I think the figures I have given would include charges of conspiracy to effect public mischief, but I think the majority of cases are the usual type of case of making false reports to the police resulting in an innocent person or persons being placed in jeopardy.