PN270407Const

House of Lords Calling Notice
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LORDS CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE TO HEAR EVIDENCE FROM LORD JUSTICE THOMAS AND THE LORD CHANCELLOR ON NEW MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

The House of Lords Constitution Committee will next week hear evidence from the Lord Chancellor and Lord Justice Thomas as part of their ongoing investigation into relations between the executive, the judiciary and Parliament.

Both the Lord Chancellor and Lord Justice Thomas will be asked about the Government’s recent decision to create a Ministry of Justice. In particular, they will be quizzed on the impact of the Government’s plans upon judicial independence, the funding of the courts, the Human Rights Act and the rule of law.

The evidence session will start at 11:15am on Tuesday 1 May 2007 in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords. The full details are:

11:15am - Lord Justice Thomas

12:00 noon - The Lord Chancellor

Notes to Editors

1. The session will be broadcast live and held in archive for a week at: www.parliamentlive.tv

2. Full details of the inquiry including the transcripts of previous evidence sessions can be found at www.parliament.uk/hlconstitution

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