§ Mr. Hawkins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the(a) policing and (b) criminal justice implications of the collapse of the London City Bond and Operation Puma cases.
§ Caroline Flint
[holding answer 12 February 2004]: Her Majesty's Customs and Excise are implementing the recommendations of the report by Mr. Justice Butterfield which reviewed a number of cases including those two. The Government have been reviewing the process for securing prosecutions in organised crime cases generally, and proposals will appear in a consultation document on tackling organised crime which we intend to publish shortly.