HC Deb 26 January 1999 vol 324 c191W
Mr. Beard

To ask the Attorney-General what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Glidewell report in London. [65859]

The Attorney-General

My answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) on 30 November 1998,Official Report, column 67, provided an interim progress report on the consideration and implementation of the recommendations in the Glidewell Report. A chart dealing with individual recommendations is in the Library of the House. Recommendations 54, 55 and 56 are specific to London. Recommendations 54 and 55 have been accepted and are being implemented. Recommendation 56 is under consideration. Work on the recommendations as a whole is currently being taken forward on a national basis. The post of Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and the Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor posts are being filled through open competition and the selection process has begun. The intention is to make appointments by April 1999. In the meantime, preliminary planning is underway in CPS London to prepare for the implementation of changes locally. This will be taken forward by the new Chief Crown Prosecution for London when he or she takes up the post.