Almost half of the Government’s Criminal Justice legislation passed since 1997 has not been fully implemented, figures highlighted by the Liberal Democrats reveal.
A Government statement published today shows that:
- Of 19 Criminal Justice Acts since 1997, there are 68 sections and 25 schedules as yet unimplemented
- Nine of the 19 Acts contain provisions that have never been implemented
- These include Custody Plus, which was never implemented due to ‘resource constraints’ and which the Government admits it has no plans to ever carry through, as well as the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:
“This Government’s legislative diarrhoea is best demonstrated in the field of criminal justice.
“It is astonishing that Labour are pressing ahead with yet more law in this area when half of the Acts they’ve passed in power have not been fully implemented.
“This is a Government that has created over 4,000 new criminal offences since taking office and spread confusion among police officers and judges. This torrent of rubbish has to stop.”