HL Deb 16 April 2002 vol 633 c143WA
Lord Beaumont of Whitley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the figure for the number (total and percentage) of the London magistrates' courts and London youth courts in which a witness support service is operating. [HL3532]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker)

The witness service is run by the independent charitable organisation Victim Support, which receives grant aid from the Home Office for this purpose.

Victim Support advises that at the end of March 2002 witness support services had been established in 36 (90 per cent) of the 40 London courts. It further advises that the remaining courts should have a service within a matter of weeks.