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Human Rights

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will respond to the Interim Resolution (CM/Res DH (2009) 160) of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the delay in implementing the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirst (No 2) v United Kingdom of 6 October 2005, and urging the United Kingdom to adopt the measures necessary to implement the judgment. [HL803]

The Government have noted the interim resolution made by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers in the case of Hirst (No 2). We have recently completed a two-stage consultation on the voting rights of convicted prisoners. We are carefully analysing the responses to the consultation. The Government take their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights seriously. But we must arrive at an approach which respects the judgment of the Court and takes into account the level of public consent for any change and the traditions of the United Kingdom.