Parliament: Concern at prosecution tactics – DPP’s office (12.11.85)

The Times (London), 12th November 1985

The Director of Public Prosecutions should be asked to put his house in order or resign, Mr Geoffrey Dickens (Littleborough and Saddleworth, C) maintained during questions in the Commons to the Solicitor General.

Many MPs and members of the public were very disturbed at the workings of the DPP’s office, said Mr Dickens.

Time and time again (he said) good and proper evidence is put forward and many times charges are abandoned. Many times lesser charges are brought which disturbs many people like myself and certainly disturbs observers at the trial.

Will the Solicitor General ask the DPP to get his house in order or resign?

Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Solicitor General: I shall talk to the DPP at 3.45pm today but I shall not put to him that question or suggestion Mr Dickens has just put. His question was rather long on generalities but singularly short on particulars.

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