Memorandum from the Crown Prosecution
1. This Memorandum addresses the points
raised in the Annex to the Committee Clerk's letter of 31 January
to the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Solicitor General, requesting
information on how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is contributing
to the Government's preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable
Development to be held in Johannesburg in August 2002.
2. The work of the CPS is primarily brought
about as a result of legislative changes, or as a result of changes
in Government policy. The CPS has, therefore, limited responsibility
for its own policy making, and this is reflected in the CPS not
taking an active role in the preparations for the World Summit
on Sustainable Development, but it is seeking to fully integrate
sustainable development into its strategic and business planning.
What input has your department had to the UK preparations
for the World Summit on Sustainable Development?
3. The CPS is not directly represented on
the MISC 18 Ministerial Group on the World Summit on Sustainable
Please set out which UK sustainable development
indicators your department has lead responsibility for and which
other indicators the department's policies particularly impact
4. While the CPS does not have lead responsibility
for any sustainable development indicators, we reflect the wider
implications of sustainable development, in particular Headline
Indicator 8 "Crime" contained within the Social Policy
Objective, in our high level aim of:
the service reflecting the Government's
priorities for criminal justice. It is to contribute to the reduction
both of crime and the fear of crime and to increase public confidence
in the criminal justice system by fair and independent review
of cases and by firm, fair and effective presentation at court.
and in the following departmental objectives that
support the aim:
to deal with prosecution cases in
a timely and efficient manner in partnership with other agencies;
to ensure that the charges proceeded
with are appropriate to the evidence and to the seriousness of
offending by the consistent, fair and independent review of cases
in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors;
to enable the courts to reach just
decisions by fairly, thoroughly and firmly presenting prosecution
cases, rigorously testing defence cases and scrupulously complying
with the duties of disclosure;
to meet the needs of victims and
witnesses in the criminal justice system, in co-operation with
the other criminal justice agencies.
What systems does your department have in place
to monitor progress on how far the department's policies are contributing
to UK progress on sustainable development and the issues that
were mapped out in Agenda 21 after the Rio Earth summit in 1992?
5. The CPS has incorporated sustainable
development within its SR2002 submission to HM Treasury. Progress
on departmental sustainable development issues will be monitored
and published within the Departmental Annual Report.