HL Deb 11 September 2003 vol 652 c135WA
Lord Acton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any decision has been made regarding the recommendations of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on the Criminal Justice Bill in respect of jury research. [HL4389]

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

In its report on the Criminal Justice Bill, the Home Affairs Select Committee invited the Government "to consider the merits of repealing Section 8 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 in order to permit meaningful research into how the jury system operates". This invitation followed from recommendations made by Lord Justice Auld in his review of the criminal courts.

To fully consider this issue, I intend to publish a consultation paper towards the end of autumn to look at whether or not we should allow jury research to be conducted. The consultation paper will also consider the issue of jury impropriety, as recommended by Lord Justice Auld in his review.