Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press Notice 19 of Session 2003-04                12 November 2004

Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's proposals

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold a further evidence session on the Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's proposals on Tuesday 16 November.

The Committee announced this inquiry on 21 May 2004 ( Press Notice 12, Session 2003-04, available on the Press Notice page of the Committee's website at:

Key questions for consideration include:

• How can the Supreme Court's independence be secured - should it have corporate independence?
• How will the proposed Court be accountable for its budget?
• What relationship should the proposed Court have with Parliament?
• What steps have been taken to find appropriate accommodation for the proposed Court?
• Have the proposed reforms been properly costed?

Details of the evidence session are as follows:

Tuesday 16 November, Grimond room, Portcullis House

9.30 am
Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Alex Allan, Permanent Secretary and Judith Simpson, Head of Constitutional Policy Division, Department for Constitutional Affairs

1. The Committee previously issued a report: Judicial appointments and a Supreme Court (court of final appeal) (HC 48-I and II, 10 February 2004) which considered the arguments for and against a Supreme Court.
2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), Peter Bottomley MP, Mr Hilton Dawson MP, Mr James Clappison MP, Ross Cranston QC MP, Mr Andrew Rosindell MP, Mr Clive Soley MP, Mrs Ann Cryer MP, Keith Vaz MP, Mr Jim Cunningham MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP.
3. News Release: 19