Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Ministry of Justice

Oral Answers to Questions

David Hanson Excerpts
Tuesday 4th June 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Paul Maynard Portrait Paul Maynard - Hansard
4 Jun 2019, midnight

I am pleased to hear about that example at Anglia Ruskin University. Our litigants in person strategy is a very important part of what we do. We have been spending £1.5 million a year hitherto. As part of the legal support action plan, we will improve that to £3 million a year and work with judges to ensure that all litigants in person are supported during the court process.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard

20. I am pleased that the Minister has agreed to a review of domestic violence and potential damage to children in courts, but can he look particularly at the recommendation of the Children’s Commissioner that no child should go into court without legal support? [911126]

Paul Maynard Portrait Paul Maynard - Hansard
4 Jun 2019, midnight

I am sure we were all shocked by the example raised by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh). My first decision was to ensure that the inquiry panel was established, and it will look carefully at what the Children’s Commissioner has to say. The right hon. Gentleman is right to point out that children should always be at the heart of the decision-making process in the courts, and I will look carefully at what the Children’s Commissioner has said.