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Answer the Question

Having found a few spare minutes outside Standing Committee A etc I managed to issue the papers for R v The Prime Minister ex parte Hemming yesterday.

So far the Cabinet Secretary, Prime Minister and Prime Minister's solicitors (Treasury Solicitors) have been unable to give a substantive response to my complaint that Ministers of the Crown don't answer questions. There are now very tight deadlines within which they are forced to provide a substantive response.

Judicial Review has two main stages. The first stage is to get "permission" for JR. This involves the papers being issued, served a response (ackknowledgement of service) from the other side and a desk consideration by the Judge. That can then be taken to a permission hearing if needed.

In this case the Speaker's Counsel is an "interested party" because of the issue relating to the 1688 Bill of Rights. However, the Speaker has the view that the content of questions is not a matter for him.

Comments

TonyF said…
And how much will all this cost the taxpayer John?
john said…
Bad government and tyrannical government costs billions if not more.
TonyF said…
That wasn't the question and you know it! Who is footing the bill for this little game of yours?
TonyF said…
my complaint that Ministers of the Crown don't answer questions.


MPs are fairly good at this as well!
john said…
The costs are unclear. If the government give in straight away then it won't cost them anything.

Judicial Reviews are normally estimated at about 25K although my experience is that the figure is considerably less.
TonyF said…
So knowing how much this is going to cost the taxpayer such as people in your constituency, you're still going for it?
Why don't you just ask him at question time?
john said…
The JR is about questions that have been asked and not answered.

They have been asked verbally and in writing a number of times and still not answered.
TonyF said…
And I've just asked you a question and you have not answered it.

Why (now listen this time) not ask Tony Blair at Prime Ministers questions instead of wasting taxpayers money which the Lib Dems have criticised the Government for doing.
Or are you just trying to make a name for yourself in case of another leadership battle?
john said…
http://johnhemming.blogspot.com/2006/05/letter-to-tony-blair.html

The point is that they don't answer.

You can see Blair's response to my question of wednesday as a good example of this.
TonyF said…
A letter. You know full well what I'm talking about re Prime Ministers Questions. How can you have the nerve to attack this Government, albeit a useless bunch, over questions when you yourself won't give a straight answer?
john said…
I get about 1 shot at PMQ every year. Even then the question is not answered.

I can, however, ask a substantial number of written questions. They, however, are not answered properly.

Hence the reason for the JR.

That is exactly the answer to your question.

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