Family Division

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2:30 pm, 16th June 2009

I will be more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss individual cases—as long as they are not in the middle of court proceedings, in which case such a discussion would be impossible. I shall be happy to discuss these things in general terms. The hon. Gentleman talks about the secrecy of the family courts, but my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State has only recently addressed those very points in giving the media more opportunity to scrutinise the substance of what happens in the family courts. He has done that for a number of reasons—not least to give back to the public the confidence that the family courts are acting in the best interests of the child. That is what everyone in the House and in the Court Service would want.

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barbara richards
Posted on 17 Jun 2009 10:19 am (Report this annotation)

The family courts do not act in the best interests of the child and you jolly well know that already, Bridget Prentice.

You lied to me about the paedophile Richard Gardner and his syndrome PAS. You knew that the secret family courts were using a syndrome invented by a paedophile and you did nothing to stop it.

YOU have not acted in the best interests of the children of the UK, and you ought to be sacked!