HC Deb 10 November 1998 vol 319 cc119-20W
Mr. Fallon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government intend to implement the outstanding recommendations of the Pigot report. [58670]

Mr. Boateng

The majority of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Video Evidence, chaired by Judge Pigot, were implemented in the Criminal Justice Act 1991. Those which have not been implemented were considered by interdepartmental Working Group on Vulnerable or Intimidated Witnesses, the establishment of which was announced on 13 June 1997 by my right hon. Friend. The Working Group's report "Speaking up for Justice" was published on 10 June this year by my right hon. Friend for the purpose of consultation, and included recommendations to implement the outstanding recommendations of the Pigot Report. The consultation exercise has now been completed and the Government are urgently considering the responses. We are determined to improve the treatment of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, including children in the criminal justice system.