HL Deb 18 December 2002 vol 642 cc104-5WA
Lord Campbell-Savours

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What decisions have been made on the proposal to appoint an Oversight Commissioner for the Criminal Justice Review in Northern Ireland. [HL776]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The Government have decided to appoint an Oversight Commissioner to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Review in Northern Ireland. A written Parliamentary Statement on the matter is being made today in another place. The Commissioner will be a person of standing, with appropriate experience of the UK criminal justice system, and will be appointed by open competition. We expect the Oversight Commissioner to make a significant contribution to the full and effective implementation of the Criminal Justice Review.

It is our expectation that the work of the Justice Oversight Commissioner will play a pivotal role in the creation of a criminal justice system which delivers justice effectively and efficiently, and enjoys the support and confidence of all parts of the community.

A copy of the terms of reference for the Oversight Commissioner has been placed in the Library.