European Court of Human Rights

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has made to her counterparts in other Council of Europe member countries on the proficiency in (a) English and (b) French of judges of the European Court of Human Rights; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

In a recent independent review of the working methods of the European Court of Human Rights, the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, made 26 recommendations, of which provision of language training to new judges was one. I understand that the President of the Court has welcomed Lord Woolf's report and referred its proposals to the Court's Working Methods Committee.

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