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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what progress he has made in seeking reform of the European Court of Human Rights since the UK assumed the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe; and what meetings he (a) has held and (b) plans to hold with representatives from (i) the Council of Europe, (ii) the European Court of Human Rights, (iii) the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, (iv) the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights and (v) his counterparts from other countries to discuss the reform of the European Court of Human Rights;
(2) whether he plans to propose changes to the European Convention on Human Rights as part of the UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
As I stated in my answer of
The Commission on a Bill of Rights has also provided interim advice on Court reform, which we will be taking into account during our negotiations.
My ministerial colleagues and I have discussed the reform of the European Court of Human Rights with many key figures in the run up to our Chairmanship, many of which I met when I attended the Izmir Conference earlier this year during the Turkish Chairmanship. We will continue this approach in the coming months.
For example, I met the Secretary General to the Council of Europe during his visit to the UK on
My ministerial colleagues and I have also been raising the issue of reform of the Court with our ministerial counterparts in other member states where there has been opportunity for discussion.