Wednesday 11 February 2009
Coroners and Justice Bill
I am most grateful to the Secretary of State for his kind words of welcome.
Conservative Members welcome the appointment of a victims’ champion, but would the Secretary of State care to comment on the fact that the victims’ champion appears to be a temporary substitute in the absence of a victims’ commissioner? I seem to recollect that a commissioner was first promised as far back as 2003 or 2004, yet we still do not have one. Is not the appointment of the champion an admission that the Government have not got their act together on this matter?
[Official Report, 26 January 2009, Vol. 487, c. 27.]
Letter of correction from Jack Straw:
During the Second Reading debate of the Coroners and Justice Bill on the 26 January 2009, I inadvertently indicated in my response to the hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve), that “The Criminal Justice Act 2003 made provision for a victims’ commissioner”.
In fact the office of the Victims and Witnesses Commissioner was established by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.