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Post Office Court of Appeal Judgement

Statement made on 27 April 2021

Statement UIN HLWS935

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My Honourable friend the Minister for London and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets) (Paul Scully) has today made the following statement:

This House is well aware of the issues with the Post Office Horizon IT System and the hugely negative impact it has had on the lives of affected postmasters. The Government welcomes the Court of Appeal’s decision last Friday, 23 April, to quash the convictions of 39 postmasters. This is in addition to six convictions quashed by the Crown Court in December 2020.

The Court’s decision is also another important step towards bringing resolution for these postmasters. The impact this ordeal has had on affected postmasters, their lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. The Government will come back with a fuller oral statement tomorrow, 27 April, to update the House in more detail on these cases, owing to the scale of the miscarriage of justice we have seen here.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Post Office Court of Appeal Judgement
Paul Scully
Minister for London and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets)
Conservative, Sutton and Cheam
Statement made 26 April 2021
HCWS940
Commons