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Joint statement on alleged misuse of parliamentary expenses

15/05/2009

A joint statement has been issued today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) relating to allegations of misuse of parliamentary expenses.

The statement is as follows:

"Before the recent media exposure about alleged misuse of parliamentary expenses, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner instigated meetings between the MPS and CPS in relation to a number of allegations made to police.

"Due to the increase in subsequent allegations received by the MPS, the Commissioner and  Director of Public Prosecutions have jointly decided to convene a panel to assess allegations in order to decide whether criminal investigations should be started.

"A panel, comprising officers and a senior CPS lawyer, will commence a series of meetings next week."

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  1. The senior CPS lawyer is a member of the CPS Special Crime Division.
  2. The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
    • Preparing cases for court
    • Presenting cases at court
  3. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website.

    More about the CPS

  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.

    Publicity and the Criminal Justice System protocol