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Judicial Appointments

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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32.

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the Lord Chancellor's responsibilities in relation to judicial appointments. [121045]

36.

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Lord Chancellor's functions are in respect of the appointment of judges. [121049]

I refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave today to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes).

33.

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consultation the Department intends to undertake on the proposals relating to judicial appointments. [121046]

I announced by way of written statement to the House on 19 June 2003 that the Government will consult widely on how best to take forward our proposal for a new Judicial Appointments Commission. We intend to publish a consultation paper on 14 July 2003. The consultation period will run until November 2003.