Dear Attorney General’s Office,

Please confirm:

(1) How many times has the Attorney General (AG) been asked to consent to a prosecution in the past five years?
a) How many times has the AG granted his consent?
b) How many times has the AG refused it?

(2) What criteria is the AG required to apply in considering whether to grant his consent to prosecution?

(3) In considering whether to grant his consent, is the AG required to consider the mischief which the crime was introduced to address, as per the 1972 Franks Committee memorandum?

(4) If the AG does consider mischief, and the prosecution is mounted under legislation that derives from or implements international treaties, does the AG have regard to such treaties and associated documents?

(5) How many times in the last 5 yeas has the AG had regard to such international treaties or documents?

6) Please list all of the international treaties that have been considered and the offences to which they apply.

(7) Is the AG's consent to a prosecution ever subject to subsequent review and/or reconsideration, on the basis of representations made to him?

a) If the answer to (7) is YES, on how many occasions in the past five years has he agreed to review and/or reconsider his consent to prosecution?

b) On how many of those occasions, if any, did he withdraw his consent?

Yours faithfully,

Ms Strickland

AGO Correspondence, Attorney General's Office

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Dear Ms Strickland

 

Thank you for your FOI request to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). 
The AGO will respond to your request within the deadline requirement of
the FOIA legislation.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Officer  
E: [Attorney General’s Office request email]  
T: 020 7271 2492  
5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS  
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Dear Ms Strickland,

 

Please find attached the response to your request.

 

Regards,

 

[1]cid:image005.png@01D3DB1A.E1F74E30 FOI Officer
E:
[2][Attorney General’s Office request email]
T: 020 7271 2492
5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS
[3]Twitter_Logo_Blue@[4]attorneygeneral
| [5]gov.uk/ago
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Dear Attorney General’s Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Attorney General’s Office's handling of my FOI request 'Consent to prosecutions'.

In light of the fact that the public guidance on factors that the Attorney General will take into account when considering whether to grant consent was not clear and has been changed within the last few weeks, please respond to my request in more detail. In particular questions 3 - 6:

(3) In considering whether to grant his consent, is the Attorney General required to consider the mischief which the crime was introduced to address, as per the 1972 Franks Committee memorandum?

(4) If the Attorney General does consider mischief, and the prosecution is mounted under legislation that derives from or implements international treaties, does the Attorney General have regard to such treaties and associated documents?

(5) How many times in the last 5 yeas has the Attorney General had regard to such international treaties or documents?

6) Please list all of the international treaties that have been considered and the offences to which they apply.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Ms Strickland

AGO Correspondence, Attorney General's Office

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Dear Ms Strickland,

 

We acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review and will
respond in due course.

 

Regards,

 

 

[1]cid:image005.png@01D3DB1A.E1F74E30 FOI Officer
E:
[2][Attorney General’s Office request email]
T: 020 7271 2492
5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS
[3]Twitter_Logo_Blue@[4]attorneygeneral
| [5]gov.uk/ago
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the heart of the UK constitution

 

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Strickland

 

Please see the attached response to your Internal Review request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Officer  
E: [Attorney General’s Office request email]  
T: 020 7271 2492  
5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS  
@[1]attorneygeneral | [2]gov.uk/ago  
 

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constitution
 

 

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