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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Investigation Report

The office and powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1970

38. Gregor McGill, the Director of Legal Services of the Crown Prosecution Service gave evidence to the Inquiry.[1] He was asked about the creation of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Mr McGill said that the Prosecution of Offences Act 1879 not only established the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions but also empowered the Director of Public Prosecutions to institute and conduct criminal proceedings for offences prescribed in regulations under the Act. Mr McGill said that, as at 1946, those regulations also empowered the Director of Public Prosecutions to give advice to chief officers of police “as he may think right in any criminal matter which appears to him to be of importance or difficulty”, and that the chief officers of police had also to report to the Director of Public Prosecutions, among other offences, indecent offences upon a number of children or young persons.

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