Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. We work to protect and advance the principles of justice. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Ministers of State
Lucy Frazer MP
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Wendy Morton MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Edward Argar MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Aug 2019, 8:35 a.m.
We’ve extended the nominations deadline for the Honorary QC award 🗓️ You now have until Tuesday 27 August 2019 to nominate a legal professional who has made a positive impact on the profession. Find out more and nominate here 👉 - Link
13 Aug 2019, 9:43 a.m.
It is essential we keep our prison officers safe, aid rehabilitation & end crime behind bars. Prison security is being prioritised by a £100 million investment. Criminal networks will be severely hindered and the public will be safer. - Link
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Ministry of Justice Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 09 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 09 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Jul. 23 Written Statements Prison Service Pay Review Body
Jul. 24 Westminster Hall Female Offender Strategy: One Year On
May. 01 Adjournment Debate Children’s Funeral Fund
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Ministry of Justice Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2017-19 Committee stage: House of Lords Report stage: House of Lords

4 Sep 2019

24 Jul 2019, 12:33 p.m.
A Bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19 Committee Debate: 2nd sitting: House of Commons 2 July, 2019 (1) (2) 10 Jul 2019, 6:32 p.m.
A Bill to Make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes.
Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] 2017-19 Committee Debate: 1st sitting: House of Commons 23 July, 2019 (1) (2) 24 Jul 2019, 8:38 p.m.
A Bill to provide for online procedures in civil and family courts in England and Wales in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal
Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 20 December, 2018 21 Dec 2018, 10:51 a.m.
A Bill to make provision about the judiciary and the functions of the staff of courts and tribunals
Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 12 February, 2019 14 Feb 2019, 12:39 p.m.
To make certain acts of voyeurism an offence, and for connected purposes.
Civil Liability Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 20 December, 2018 21 Dec 2018, 10:34 a.m.
A Bill to make provision about whiplash claims and the personal injury discount rate.

Ministry of Justice Select Committee

Ministry of Justice Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Ministry of Justice Publications

Ministry of Justice Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
29 Jul 2019, 3:43 p.m. Prison Officers: Criminal Injuries Compensation Andrew Griffiths


To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were awarded compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 2010.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The information requested is not available.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority does not ask an applicant to provide their occupation when applying for compensation.

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