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Family Courts

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what conclusions he has drawn from his review of the rules relating to the privacy of family court proceedings. (160195)

Having considered the responses to the 2006 consultation, the Government decided that it should focus on improving the quality and amount of information flowing out of the courts, rather than on who is allowed into the courts. We subsequently issued another consultation paper on 20 June 2007 announcing this approach. The paper also considered whether the rules on disclosure of information from family proceedings should be simplified and whether the identities of children should be protected following the conclusion of proceedings.

The consultation closed on 1 October. We received over 100 responses and are now considering them carefully. This is a complex and difficult area, and we will publish our response once we have had an opportunity to reflect fully on what people have said.