HC Deb 09 February 1979 vol 962 cc305-6W
Mr. Lee

asked the Attorney-General on how many occasions during the past two years police officers have been granted authority to examine the antecedent history of jurors called to be empanelled in criminal trials on indictment; in how many such cases the history of such jurors was not divulged to defence legal representatives on the occasion when such jurors were summoned to be empanelled; in how many such cases the jurors' case histories were divulged to defence representatives; in how many cases these antecedent investigations occurred before the number of peremptory jury challenges by the defence were reduced from seven

Economic Planning Region Non-industrial (as at 1 October 1978) Industrial (as at 1 January 1979) Total
Northern 35,700 5,700 41,400
Yorkshire and Humberside 30,800 7,200 38,000
East Midlands 21,600 7,700 29,300
East Anglia 12,200 2,800 15,000
South-East 231,900 61,600 293,500
South-West 51,600 32,100 83,700
West Midlands 29,000 7,500 36,500
North-West 57,000 10,500 67,500
Total 469,800 135,100 604,900

Note: All figures rounded to the nearest 100.

to three; how many since this reduction; Restrictive Trade Practices and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General

Between 1 January 1977 and the end of 1978 jury checks were authorised in 11 cases. Of these, five were authorised in the eight months before 8 September 1977, when the reduction in the number of peremptory challenges came into force, and six in the 17 months from that date to the end of 1978.

The duties of Crown counsel when, as a result of a jury check, he has received any information which may be of value to the defence, are set out in my statement of 10 October 1978, a copy of which has been laid in the Library of the House. Information received as a result of a jury check is made available in appropriate cases in confidence to defence counsel. No record is kept of such confidential communications.

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