HC Deb 01 February 2001 vol 362 c300W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what guidance he issues to judges on maintaining a politically neutral stance in public in respect of bills before Parliament. [147474]

Mr. Lock

The current guidance given to judges on appointment advises them against engagement in any capacity which might undermine, or be reasonably thought to undermine, their judicial independence or impartiality. A statement about the position of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary was made by the Senior Law Lord in another place on 22 June 2000,Official Report, House of Lords, columns 419–20, setting out the general principles on the participation of the Lords of Appeal in the business of the House of Lords.