Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) report on the Government’s Justice and Security Green Paper, said:
“The cross-party Joint Committee’s report echoes concerns held by many across society that the Government has not yet sufficiently made the case for introducing fundamental changes to our legal system as proposed in the Justice and Security Green Paper. As Labour has said before, the Government needs to properly justify these unprecedented changes to the British legal system, which include extending Closed Material Procedures to all civil cases and inquests, and it is crucial that they reflect on these concerns raised before bringing forward their response to the Green Paper or more detailed proposals when seeking to address these serious intelligence matters.
“The Joint Committee report also makes recommendations that seek to maintain the important balance between open justice and protection of national security. We hope that the Government will consider in detail these proposals – as well as the responses received to the consultation on the Green Paper – to ensure that this delicate and sensitive issue receives the consideration and proper scrutiny it deserves.”