§ Lord Molloy
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will institute an inquiry into the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to produce a report which can be debated by Parliament.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Elton)
The Government announced on 26th July last year [Official Report cols. 97–117] that it was reconvening the Working Party on Prosecution Arrangements to advise Ministers on the organisational and resource implications of an independent prosecution service. The working party is reviewing in that context the functions now assigned to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and considering what changes in the arrangements for discharging those functions any wider changes in the prosecution system might entail. The Government will announce their conclusions after Ministers have had an opportunity to consider the report of the working party, which hopes to complete its work by the summer.