HC Deb 07 July 1992 vol 211 c123W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions have been made by police forces to give adequate notice to expert witnesses of the date and time of cases in which they are to give evidence in the Crown court.

Mr. Charles Wardle

Police forces recognise the need to give all witnesses as much notice as possible of the date of the trial, and generally do so as soon as they know the date from the Crown court lists. If the trial date is unexpectedly brought forward, however, they might only be able to give witnesses comparatively short notice.