HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 c114W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is given to Crown courts regarding the provision of facilities for the press; and if he will make a statement. [171573]

Mr. Leslie

The Court Standards and Design Guide sets out the accommodation requirements for courts and includes provision for a press assembly room at all Crown court centres for use by members of the press attending court. The number of courtrooms in the building determines the size of the room. Dedicated seating for members of the press is also provided within each courtroom. Additional facilities can be made available for the press where there is a specific need, such as when a court is hearing a case attracting high public interest.