Judicial Studies Board

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1994.

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Mr. John M. Taylor:

The Judicial Studies Board is to conduct an internal review of its structure and resources, the activities to be undertaken, and the priorities to be accorded to them.

Photo of Lady Olga Maitland Lady Olga Maitland , Sutton and Cheam

As the Lord Chancellor's Department spends nearly £1 million on race awareness courses for judges, does my hon. Friend agree that it is plain common sense to merge the main points of those seminars with the annual judicial studies which take place every Christmas? That would save the Government a lot of money, and end that political incorrectness.

Mr. Taylor:

The vast majority of those who have taken part in the programme so far have found it valuable to them in their work as judges. Racial awareness courses are extremely important if we are to assure the minorities within society that the judicial system is fair to them as well as to us.