HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1190-1W
39. Michael Fabricant

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the Government's policy on the protection of witnesses on court premises. [57419]

Yvette Cooper

The Government's policy is to provide adequate protection for witnesses on court premises to allow them to give their best evidence.

The Court Service recognises that while witnesses are on court premises we have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent intimidation. For example, in all 67 designated street crime courts witnesses use a separate entrance or are segregated immediately on arrival. Provision for segregated waiting arrangements are made, as well as for separate catering and toilets to be used.