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 Anderson of Swansea Lord Anderson of Swansea Labour 11:22 am, 24th March 2011

My Lords, does the Minister agree that that backlog has been caused in part by Georgia and Russia flooding the court with applications and that there are new procedures in place to deal with it? Will he also confirm that we in the United Kingdom have an exemplary record, albeit with a delay in one case, in responding to judgments of the court and not seeking to pick and choose? If we now refuse to implement the judgment in respect of the rights for prisoners instead of negotiating to see what the best outcome is, what effect does he think that will have on serial defaulters such as Russia and Turkey when until now our record has been exemplary?