Sentencing: Offender Attendance

Part of Justice – in the House of Commons at on 12 September 2023.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

If we want offenders to attend their sentencing, it does rather help if the court is open. Harrow Crown court was closed two and a half weeks ago because of the discovery of crumbling concrete—RAAC—with no indication as yet of any timescale for it to be reopened. Its closure will inevitably exacerbate the backlog of criminal cases in the London area and prevent victims of crime from seeing justice. Could the Minister provide quickly an update on the progress at getting Harrow Crown court modernised, fully repaired and open again?