Gerald Kaufman

Former Labour MP for Manchester, Gorton

Security Sensitive Evidence in Courts

There have been votes in Parliament on if there should be a mechanism for material deemed national security sensitive to be made available to a civil court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. The mechanism is called the "closed material procedure".

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Gerald Kaufman generally voted against allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions:

  • On 17 Jul 2013: Gerald Kaufman voted against rules implementing the introduction of "closed material proceedings" to the civil courts in Northern Ireland; the procedure involves making material deemed national security-sensitive available to the court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. Show vote
  • On 17 Jul 2013: Gerald Kaufman voted against rules implementing the introduction of "closed material proceedings" to courts; the procedure involves making material deemed national security-sensitive available to the court and a special advocate but not parties to the case. Show vote
  • On 7 Mar 2013: Gerald Kaufman voted against allowing material deemed national security-sensitive to be made available to a civil court and a special advocate but not parties to the case; against strengthening oversight of intelligence and security activities in Government; and against permitting intercept evidence in closed proceedings in employment cases before tribunals. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Gerald Kaufman voted to permit closed material proceedings only if a fair determination of the case would not be possible by other means. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Gerald Kaufman voted to only allow the closed material procedure for using national security sensitive information in court to to be used where the degree of harm to national security caused by disclosure would be likely to outweigh the public interest in fair and open justice. Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2013: Gerald Kaufman was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Clause 8 — Balance National Security vs Public Interest in Requests to Withhold Information From Parties in Civil Court Cases Show vote
  • On 18 Dec 2012: Gerald Kaufman was absent for a vote on Justice and Security Bill — Second Reading Show vote

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