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Constitution Committee to question Oliver Letwin and Supreme Court judges


The House of Lords Constitution Committee will next week hold one-off evidence sessions with Cabinet Office Ministers Oliver Letwin MP and John Penrose MP as well as Lord Neuberger and Baroness Hale, President and Deputy President of the Supreme Court.

The evidence session will be held on Wednesday 8 July in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. The full details are:

10:30am
Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster;
John Penrose MP, Minister for Constitutional Reform

This session is expected to focus on the Government's plans for constitutional reform in the new Parliament, including proposals for English Votes for English Laws in the House of Commons and the wider constitutional impact on the Union of further devolution. The Committee is expected to question Mr Letwin on his responsibilities for coordinating constitutional reform, and on arrangements in Government for overseeing and protecting the UK's constitution.

11:15am Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President, Supreme Court; Baroness Hale, Deputy President, Supreme Court.

In this session the Committee is expected to question the witnesses about the work of the Supreme Court, including how the President intends to exercise his right to make written representations to Parliament: a right he recently received under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. The Committee is expected to discuss the relationship between Parliament and the Supreme Court, and to investigate relations between the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The session will be webcast at http://parliamentlive.tv/Lords and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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