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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:36 am on 28th May 2015.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 9:36 am, 28th May 2015

I am a great supporter of our magistracy. Magistrates are volunteers, and they do a fine job for our country. They play an important role in communities throughout the country, and we should be grateful to all of them for what they do. I fear that my hon. Friend will have to wait for an announcement from my right hon. Friend the new Lord Chancellor, who is currently getting his feet under the table, but I know that my right hon. Friend agrees with me about the importance of the work done by magistrates, and I have no doubt that, as time goes by, he will present further proposals that will enable us to make the best possible use of them.