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Queen's Counsel

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proposals the Secretary of State has for the future of the Queen's Counsel system. [120241]

I refer my hon. Friend to the response given by my noble and learned Friend the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor on 16 June 2003, Official Report, column 522, in response to a question from Earl Ferrers as to whether Her Majesty's Government proposed to discontinue making recommendations for the appointment of Queen's Counsel. I also refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given by my noble and learned Friend on 19 June 2003, Official Report, column 131W, as to the timetable for consultation on this issue among others.