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 Neill of Bladen Lord Neill of Bladen Crossbench 11:22 am, 24th March 2011

My Lords, will the Minister comment on the position of the Supreme Court? So far he has talked about government action, but the Supreme Court said in 2009, in a case called Horncastle, that it can decide not to follow a decision of the court in rare cases where that court has failed to "appreciate or accommodate" particular aspects of our domestic process. In such a case the Supreme Court can refuse to follow it, giving reasons, in the hope that that will then be picked up in a subsequent judgment by the court in Strasbourg. Do the Government have a position on whether that is a satisfactory arrangement?