Conservative Members welcome the appointment of a victims champion, but would the Secretary of State care to comment on the fact that the victims champion
appears to be a temporary substitute in the absence of a victims commissioner? I seem to recollect that a commissioner was first promised as far back as 2003 or 2004, yet we still do not have one. Is not the appointment of the champion an admission that the Government have not got their act together on this matter?
During the Second Reading debate of the Coroners and Justice Bill on the 26 January 2009, I inadvertently indicated in my response to the hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve), that The Criminal Justice Act 2003 made provision for a victims commissioner.