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Prisoners: Voting Rights

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 2 February (WS 26) and the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 9 October (WA 96), what are the reasons for the continuing delay in publishing their consultation paper on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on prisoners' voting rights.[HL7601]

I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answer of 9 October (WA 96), which stated that a specific date has not been set and that careful consideration has to be given to the consultation paper's contents before publication. That position has not changed.