HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c118W
Vera Baird

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take in response to the finding of Home Office Research Study 45: Improving Public Attitudes to the Criminal Justice System, that overall knowledge of the criminal justice system among the general public was poor. [73785]

Hilary Benn

We recognise that public understanding of the criminal justice system is poor, and the Home Office will take this into account when considering future communication activity.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has publicly acknowledged this fact, and has sought to encourage a wide-ranging public debate about the criminal justice system in the run up to and following publication of the Criminal Justice White Paper, "Justice for All". Work is under way to develop a plan and programme of work to improve public confidence in the criminal justice system.

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