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Human Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the United Kingdom representative at the 115th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe did not raise or discuss the question of the decision by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirst (No. 2) v the United Kingdom on the voting rights of prisoners; who was the representative; why no resolution was proposed; and whether they will propose a resolution at the next meeting on the problems and issues as they relate to the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

At its 1115th meeting the committee adopted a decision in respect of Hirst (No. 2) v the United Kingdom which can be found here: https://wcd.coe.int/wcd/ViewDoc.jsp?Ref=CM/Del/Dec(2011)1115/28&Language=lanEnglish&Ver=original&Site=DG4& BackColorInternet=B9BDEE&BackColorIntranet= FFCD4F&BackColorLogged=FFC679

The Government were represented at the meeting by the deputy head, UK delegation to Council of Europe. Since the UK has until 11 October to introduce legislative proposals to Parliament, there was no need for a discussion or a resolution on implementing prisoner voting rights at the meeting. The Government are considering the next steps. The Committee of Ministers next meets in September.

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