§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the procedure for authorisation of private prosecutions. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Private prosecutions require authorisation only where the offence in question is subject to a consent provision. The Law Commission's Report on Consents to Prosecution, which was published in October 1998, made recommendations for rationalising such provisions, which are now being considered.