HC Deb 05 March 2001 vol 364 cc35-6W
Mr. Sedgemore

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to bring forward the Mode of Trial Bill; [152130]

(2) if he will abandon his previously announced plans to restrict trial by jury. [152129]

Mr. Charles Clarke

As was affirmed in the speech from the Throne, the Government propose to give the courts, rather than the defendant, the power to decide where an either-way case should be tried. No decisions have been taken on the timing of this measure.