Belhaj and Boudchar: Litigation Update

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:29 pm on 10th May 2018.

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Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis Conservative, Banbury 12:29 pm, 10th May 2018

I thank the Attorney General for his statement today. I worked on this case in my previous role as a Government lawyer, as of course have many Government lawyers over the years, and even though there are clearly no winners today, I ask him to join me in praising the work of lawyers in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and the Security Service lawyers who themselves provide a barrier, where one is needed, in the difficult balancing act between the rule of law and protecting national security. However, I ask him to tell us what lessons have been learned with regard to our ability to speed up litigation, because this matter has gone on for far too long. I thank him for getting personally involved in the mediation and for going to carry out that mediation himself.