Civil Proceedings

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evidential basis he used to support his decision to introduce closed material procedures in civil proceedings.

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

The justice and security Green Paper gave a figure of 27 cases which were posing difficulties on account of relevant sensitive information. There are now estimated to be 29 live cases which fall into this category. The Government believe that CMPs are proportionate, and targeted at dealing with this specific problem. The settlement of the civil damages claims brought by former Guantanamo Bay detainees is an example of the inadequacies of the Public Interest Immunity system in dealing with cases involving large volumes of sensitive material.

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