Ken Clarke is a good fit for the Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

“Conservative stalwart has quality of reliability that suggests he is not prepared to be pushed around by officials or lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 13th May 2010


Spies must seek ministerial green light to pay bribes, Lords rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2010 in bills, bribery, intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, spying by sally

“Spies will have to seek permission from ministers before paying bribes to ‘contacts’, the House of Lords has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010


R (Friends of the Earth and another) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

R (Friends of the Earth and another) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2009] EWCA Civ 810; [2009] WLR (D) 276

“On an application for judicial review of the Secretary of State’s alleged failure to take steps to implement targets specified in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 and the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy, and in particular for eliminating fuel poverty ‘as far as reasonably practicable’, where the legal obligation on the Secretary of State had been defined in terms of effort and endeavour, arguments as to the desirability of the Government’s policy on the use of available money were not apt to found an argument of breach of statutory duty and judicial review, absent a rationality challenge.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2009


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Al-Sweady and Others) v Secretary of State for Defence – Times Law Reports

Regina (Al-Sweady and Others) v Secretary of State for Defence

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“The complete integrity of public interest immunity certificates and the schedules attached to them, signed by ministers of the Crown, was absolutely essential in all cases in which they were put forward. The courts had to be able to have complete confidence in them. Nothing less was acceptable.”

The Times, 3rd August 2009


Brown lifts ban that prevented ministers from taking seat on company boards – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in company directors, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

“Gordon Brown was under pressure last night to explain why he has lifted a ban on ministers holding directorships as it emerged that his trade minister was listed on the board of a cleaning company, The Times can disclose.”

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The Times, 22nd September 2007