Administration of Justice: EC action

Justice written question – answered on 8th July 2010.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what his policy is on the exercise of the UK opt-out in the policy areas of justice and home affairs which fall within his Department's responsibility under the Lisbon Treaty;

(2) when a decision will be taken on whether the UK will exercise its right to opt-out of each area on justice and home affairs under the Treaty of Lisbon where such a right exists.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Forthcoming legislation in the area of criminal justice will be approached on a case-by-case basis, with a view to maximising our country's security, protecting Britain's civil liberties and preserving the integrity of our criminal justice system.

The Government will decide whether to exercise its right to opt-out of each area on justice and home affairs under the treaty of Lisbon where such right exists before the 2014 deadline.

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