Prisoners: Voting Rights

Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to issue his response to the consultation "Voting rights of convicted prisoners detained within the United Kingdom—The UK Government's response to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of Hirst v. The United Kingdom"; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Government are currently considering how to take forward the implementation of the Hirst judgment in light of the first stage consultation on this issue and will publish the responses in due course. We also remain committed to carrying out a second, more detailed public consultation on how voting rights might be granted to serving prisoners, and how far those rights should be extended. This is a sensitive and complex issue and we need to look very carefully at what the right approach should be.

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