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Judicial Committee Of The Privy Council

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) military legal authorities on the Government's plans to change the legal responsibilities of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as a court of appeal for the Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri on Cyprus. [126774]

No discussions have taken place. A consultation paper entitled "Constitutional Reform: A supreme Court for the United Kingdom" (Paper No 11/03) makes clear that the Government's current intention is that the Privy Council will be retained in its current form as regards its functions as a final court of appeal from certain colonies and overseas territories.