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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (25 Oct 2017)

Justice: The work of the Ministry of Justice. 10:00 am; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice Mike Driver, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Trials: Technology (15 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: The Government is investing £1.1bn to transform our courts and tribunals and deliver a modern, swift and accessible justice system that maintains our global reputation for legal excellence. As part of this we will digitise our services to make them easier to use, and install modern and robust technology across all courts, to make the lives of our excellent judiciary and professional...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Annual Report 2016–2017 (14 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: With the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, I will today publish the eleventh annual report of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO), formerly known as the Office for Judicial Complaints. The JCIO supports the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor in our joint statutory responsibility for judicial discipline. The judiciary comprises approximately 26,000 individuals...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: By my count, no fewer than 107 Members have spoken during the two days of this Second Reading debate. I hope that the House will forgive me when I say that, in the time left to me, I shall not be able to respond fully and in detail to each one of those contributions. However, I do want to express my appreciation to all Members who have taken part; and, like the hon. Member for Greenwich and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: I give way to my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke).

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: I want to come on to that point later, but I first give way to the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms).

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: That is a not a verdict with which I agree. Some of the criticisms of the Bill have been exaggerated up to and beyond the point of hyperbole, and I will seek to explain why. In concluding my comments about why the Bill is needed, I want to stress that the time available to us under the terms of article 50 is limited. We must assume that in March 2019 this country will leave the European...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: For the most part, those rights are used when they are given effect through specific items of European Union legislation, rather than in the abstract. My right hon. and learned Friend makes an important point, and it is true that after exit it will not be possible for an individual to bring a free-standing claim, or for the courts to quash an administrative action or disapply legislation on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: Those principles of human rights and non-discrimination are embodied in United Kingdom legislation and given effect by our courts. That was the situation 40 years ago, before we entered the European Union, it has remained the situation throughout our membership, and it will continue to be the position, unaffected by this Bill. As for devolution, every single decision taken by the devolved...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: It strikes me that there have been constructive comments and suggestions from a range of Members, including my right hon. and learned Friends the Members for Rushcliffe and for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston), the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) and the hon. Members for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: We think that the 64 hours that have been guaranteed are reasonable, and they compare with the 39 hours and 17 minutes that the Blair Government granted on the Bill to ratify the Lisbon treaty. We have shown today that, where there is good reason to extend debate further, we are willing to consider it very seriously and carefully indeed. I hope my right hon. and learned Friend will take that...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Justice update (7 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: Earlier today, I notified the market via the London Stock Exchange group that I would today lay a Command Paper The Personal Injury Discount Rate How it should be set in future Draft Legislation (Cm 9500) before Parliament. The paper invites comments on draft legislation to give effect to the Government’s proposals to change the way in which the personal injury discount rate is set in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: The Legal Aid Agency regularly reviews the capacity of the legal aid market to cope with demand for legal aid and takes urgent action where any regional shortfall develops. I intend to look more widely at the impact of recent policy changes on access to legal aid as part of a forthcoming post-implementation review, about which I hope to be able to say more shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: There will certainly be an opportunity, as the hon. Lady wishes, for representations to be made and consideration to be given to that sort of change. While the most recent legislation did indeed exclude non-asylum immigration matters, much family law, including cases involving vulnerable children who might be taken into local authority care, is still eligible for legal aid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: If people believe that they are entitled to legal aid, I would strongly encourage them to apply to the relevant authorities and to one of the legal aid providers that are contracted to provide that kind of advice. Even after the exclusion of certain categories in the most recent legislative reform, last year’s legal aid expenditure still amounted to £1.6 billion, which is nearly a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: What is important is that we manage legal aid in a way that directs finite taxpayer resources to those cases where there is greatest need, and that we look actively for ways to simplify access to justice, including through the use of digital technology, so that people do not feel the need always to have that kind of professional representation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the centre that was the subject of last night’s programme is accountable to the Home Office. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is concerned about the allegations and appropriate action is being taken. On the hon. Gentleman’s broader point, legal aid is still available for asylum cases. I would certainly hope that appropriate measures are taken in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: I would hope to able to give Parliament details in the relatively near future. I am conscious that this work has been promised. We have not yet been able to make an announcement, but the hon. Lady will appreciate that matters such as a general election and a change of Ministers have intervened. I want to press ahead with this as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Sex Abuse: Compensation (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: Child sexual abuse is abhorrent. The taxpayer-funded criminal injuries compensation scheme provides an important avenue of redress for victims and is accessible to victims of violent crimes, including physical and sexual assaults. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority administers the scheme and decides all claims individually, independently of Ministers and Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Sex Abuse: Compensation (5 Sep 2017)

David Lidington: I am happy to look further at all those three issues. Following some of the concerns expressed earlier this year, CICA decided to mount an urgent re-examination of its own internal guidelines—in particular, to make sure that there is no risk that a child could be disqualified from compensation because they had given consent when that consent had, in effect, been forced from them by a...


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