HC Deb 08 June 1982 vol 25 c4W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Attorney-General whether he has any evidence suggesting that defendants are exercising their right to challenge jurors on the grounds of the ethnic appearance of the jurors.

The Attorney-General

No records are kept of jury challenges. The motive for a challenge without cause is necessarily a matter of conjecture, but my hon. Friend is no doubt aware of cases in which challenges have produced a jury which did not reflect the ethnic composition of the area from which jurors were drawn.