HC Deb 29 November 2000 vol 357 c603W
Dr. Julian Lewis

To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance he has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on the prosecution of storekeepers for selling food in imperial weights and measures. [140135]

The Solicitor-General

No specific guidance has been issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on this topic. The Crown Prosecution Service reviews and, when appropriate, prosecutes criminal cases, applying the two stage test in the Code of Crown Prosecutors which is issued under section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. The first is an evidential test. If the case meets the test, Crown Prosecutors must apply the second test, which is whether a prosecution is needed in the public interest.