HL Deb 19 December 1991 vol 533 cc81-2WA
Lord Macaulay of Bragar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) How many persons, currently in English prisons, are serving sentences for convictions based solely on confessions, not corroborated, obtained by police officers whose evidence is now regarded as suspect; and (b) whether they can estimate how many more appeals against such convictions will be presented in the Court of Appeal.

Earl Ferrers

The information requested is not available. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary is always ready to consider representations and to examine any case in which the evidence is alleged to be suspect. He would not hesitate to refer any such case to the Court of Appeal if there were grounds to justify such action.