I wish to make a Statement on the sub judice rule. The Lord Speaker has been advised that there are active legal proceedings in the High Court between International Military Services Ltd and Iran’s Ministry of Defence. Last week in another place, Mr Speaker exercised his discretion to waive the strict application of the sub judice rule in respect of this matter and its connection to the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Given the wish of certain noble Lords to table Questions for Written Answer on related matters, the Lord Speaker is exercising the discretion given to the Chair to waive the strict application of the sub judice rule to allow full reference to those proceedings as they concern issues of national importance.
The Lord Speaker will make an oral statement to the House on this matter before any relevant proceedings in the Chamber or Grand Committee. A debate on the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is expected to take place on Thursday 2 December on a motion in the name of Lord Collins of Highbury.