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HOME AFFAIRS – REINSTATING RETIRED MAGISTRATES - 20 January 2021

HOME AFFAIRS – REINSTATING RETIRED MAGISTRATES - 20 January 2021

Dr Julian Lewis:  Given that the Minister has previously expressed sympathy for the idea of raising the mandatory retirement age for magistrates in particular, may I appeal to him to ensure that when he does so, there is provision to reinstate those magistrates who have retired in the meantime, so that the valuable services of people like my constituent Peter Power JP are not lost to the bench?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Chris Philp): As my right hon. Friend knows, we ran a consultation in the autumn on this topic, and I hope we will be able to respond formally to that and move forward in the near future. His suggestion that recently retired magistrates who are under the new retirement age can return is a very good point well made, and I can assure him that it will definitely feature in our thinking when we respond to the consultation.]