European Court of Human Rights — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 24th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office) 11:22 am, 24th March 2011

My Lords, with the kind of cases that the European Court of Human Rights deals with, its judgments can inevitably be supported in some cases-as indeed they have been in many cases by the public-and not supported in others. On the point that my noble friend makes, the fact that there is a backlog of around 140,000 applications suggests that something is not working effectively. That is why the Government are committed to supporting and building on the process of court reform which is already under way in Strasbourg. As part of that reform process, the Government wish to see a strengthening of the principle of subsidiarity; that is, that the convention should principally be implemented at national level.