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Guto Bebb (Aberconwy, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the report commissioned by the Family Justice Council on Evaluating Expert Witness Psychological Reports; and if he will make a statement.

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Jonathan Djanogly (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice; Huntingdon, Conservative)

The Ministry of Justice will look carefully at the findings of this study. We accept that there is a need for reform of the use of expert witnesses in family proceedings. The Government published their response to the Family Justice Review on 6 February. This set out our intention to work with expert witness representative bodies and others to improve the quality of expert witness reports. We also intend to legislate to reduce over-reliance on expert witness reports in care proceedings.


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