The head of a Birminghambased organisation which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice has expressed his disappointment that its powers are not to be expanded.
Staff at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which has its headquarters on Suffolk Street Queensway, said in November that they wanted new legal measures to force private companies and possibly solicitors to hand over documents and other material. They are also seeking the ability to obtain documents and information from abroad and to interview witnesses overseas.
But in its annual report, chairman Professor Graham Zellick wrote: "It is disappointing that no progress has been made with our requests for legislative amendment in areas affecting our work."
Some of the areas yet to receive attention represented "serious impediments" to the commission's effectiveness.
And it was "regrettable" that extending its jurisdiction to courts martial was to be delayed.
The organisation already has powers to require public bodies to produce evidence in cases his teams are investigating, yet has no power in relation to organisations that are not public bodies.