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Criminal Justice: Women

Volume 699: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to their response to recommendation 8 of the report by Baroness Corston entitled Review of Women with Particular Vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System (Cm 7261), whether the senior civil servant who will head the new cross-departmental women's justice unit will do that job full time. [HL1759]

Work to create the new women's unit is in its early stages and part of this work will give consideration to the role and position of the head of this unit. It is important to highlight that much is being done to take forward the commitments made in the Government's response in advance of the new unit being established. A good deal of cross-departmental working is already taking place, at both ministerial and official level, to identify the action that is needed to take forward our commitments in the Government response, which includes the establishment of a women's unit.