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Special Advocates

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General whether special advocates have been employed in cases involving (a) naturalisation judicial reviews, (b) Parole Board hearings, (c) pre-charge detention hearings, (d) production order hearings, (e) planning inquiries, (f) family proceedings and (g) the Mental Health Review Tribunal since their introduction. (316617)

The answer to the question the hon. Member for Hendon has posed may most helpfully be put in the form of a table, which appears as follows. The table relates to the UK and has been prepared with the assistance of the Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate-General for Scotland.

Yes

No

(a)

Naturalisation—Judicial Reviews

x

(b)

Parole Board Hearings

x

(c)

Pre-Charge Detention Hearings

x

(d)

Production Order Hearings

x

(e)

Planning Inquiries

x

(f)

Family Proceedings

x

(g)

Mental Health Review Tribunal

x