HL Deb 11 April 1983 vol 441 cc90-1WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which was the Government department responsible for the subject matter of each of the eight cases to date in which the United Kingdom has been found to have been in breach of European convention on Human Rights.

Lord Belstead

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has overall responsibility for the conduct of all proceedings in cases concerning the European Convention on Human Rights. When the Commission communicates a case to the United Kingdom and seeks information regarding admissibility and merits, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office acts as the agent, and consults other Government departments as and when necessary. The following departments were consulted with regard to the eight cases in question:

Young, James and Webster Department of Employment

Sunday Times Lord Chancellor's Department

X; Silver and Others; Home Office
Golder; Tyrer

Dudgeon; Ireland versus the United Kingdom Home Office and Northern Ireland Office.

In the case of Campbell and Cosans, where a breach of the First Protocol to the Convention was found to have occurred, the Scottish Office were consulted.