§ Mr. Lawrence
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will now seek to require prosecution statements in summary cases to be served on the defence prior to proceedings.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Under section 48 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, rules of court may be made for the advance disclosure of the prosecution case in proceedings in magistrates' courts. The resource implications of such a requirement are under examination. At this stage, attention is focused on cases triable either way.