§ 28. Mr. Rathbone
To ask the Attorney-General if he will initiate a review of the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on whether or not to prosecute.
§ The Attorney-General
The guidelines are set out in the code for Crown prosecutors. They are regularly reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in consultation with the Law Officers.
§ Mr. Hendry
To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the extent to which the CPS consults the police before it decides to discontinue a case.
When considering discontinuance, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers are instructed to consult the police in all save the most exceptional circumstances.