HC Deb 23 October 2002 vol 391 c365W
Mr. Chaytor

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Criminal Justice Review. [74011]

Desmond Browne

The Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill, carrying the legislative provisions required to give effect to the recommendations of the Review, passed through the House of Commons and the House of Lords with few amendments and widespread support. It received Royal Assent on 24 July and is now the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

We consulted widely during the passage of the Bill with most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations, and human rights lobby groups. The responses received were extremely useful in shaping the plans for implementing the Review's recommendations, and we are very grateful to all the individuals and organisations who contributed.

Fostering public trust in the criminal justice system is one of the core aims of the Review and it is with this aim in mind that we intend to publish a revised Implementation Plan by early 2003. This plan will update the original Implementation Plan published in November 2001 and set out in greater detail again how the Review recommendations are being taken forward.