HC Deb 24 June 1982 vol 26 cc155-6W
37. Mr. Edward Gardner

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to disqualify convicted criminals from service on juries.

Mr. Mayhew

As my right hon. Friend announced on 25 March—[Vol. 20, c.1120]—it is the Government's intention to widen the area of disqualification for jury service to exclude anyone convicted of an imprisonable offence during the last 10 years even where no immediate sentence of imprisonment was imposed. The Government intend to bring forward proposals on these lines at an appropriate stage of the Administration of Justice Bill.

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