Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice No. 18 of Session 2006-07, 28 March 2007

ANNOUNCEMENT OF EVIDENCE SESSION

Accommodation for the New Supreme Court

The Committee will hold a one-off oral evidence session into the Accommodation for the New Supreme Court.

The plans for housing the new Supreme Court, to be established under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, involve taking over Middlesex Guildhall - which at present is used as a Crown Court. The new arrangements will mean that the Edwardian court furniture will be largely removed and replaced with modern fittings. This has been the subject of protests (including court action) by heritage groups.

The purpose of the session is to hear from protesters against the plans and the Lord Chancellor about the refurbishment of the building.

Details of the oral evidence session are as follows:

Tuesday 17 April in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 4.15 pm: Adam Wilkinson, Secretary, SAVE Britain's Heritage; Dr Kathryn Ferry, Senior Architectural Adviser, The Victorian Society

At 4.45 pm: Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Secretary of State, DCA and Lord Chancellor

A transcript of the session will be available (within 5 days) on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website: www.parliament.uk/conaffcom/