HC Deb 24 January 2002 vol 378 c1096W
Mr. Grieve

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the future of trial by jury; [29825]

(2) what plans he has to introduce legislation to allow the overturning of perverse verdicts returned by juries as recommended by the Auld report; and if he will make a statement. [29826]

Mr. Keith Bradley

Sir Robin Auld's review of the criminal courts, the report of which was published last October, made a number of recommendations with major implications for trial by jury. The report is currently the subject of public consultation, and the Government will consider their response in the light of the views received.