§ Mr. Arnold
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received (a) in favour of the recommendations in part II of the report of the Royal Commission on criminal procedure and (b) against those recommendations; and whether there are any further representations or consultations awaited.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The following organisations have expressed views to the Home Office on the proposal to establish a Crown prosecutor service:
- The Association of Chief Police Officers
- The Association of County Councils
- The Association of Metropolitan Authorities
- The British Legal Association
- The British Multiple Retailers' Association
- The Campaign for Homosexual Equality
- The Cetral Council for Probation and After-Care Committees
- The Commission for Racial Equality
- The Criminal Bar Association
- The Dover Harbour Board
- The Fabian Society
- The Greater London Council
- The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers "Justice"
- The Justices' Clerks' Society
- The Law Society
- The Legal Action Group
- The Metropolitan Police
- The National Association of Probation Officers
- The National Association of Prosecuting Solicitors' Staffs
- The National Council for Civil Liberties
- The Police Federation
- The Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales
- The Port of Liverpool Police
- The Prosecuting Solicitors' Society of England and Wales
- The Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar
- The Society of Labour Lawyers
Of the bodies named above, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Association of County Councils, the Metropolitan Police, the Police Federation and the Port of Liverpool Police have expressed opposition in principle to the establishment of a Crown prosecutor service, while others have expresed reservations on specific aspects of the scheme which the Royal Commission recommended.
We know of no further representations still to come, and no further consultations are at present in hand.