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Corporate parties are lambasted; POLITICS CRITICISM.

The hiring out of parts of the Royal Courts of Justice for corporate parties was sharply criticised in the Commons yesterday.

Labour's Gordon Prentice demanded: "Am I the only one to feel concern that the Royal Courts of Justice are being hired out to commercial organisations for after-hours parties and other corporate functions?"

And the Pendle MP added: "I wonder what the judges think about this, who may be burning the midnight oil working on judgments."

He demanded a statement from Justice Secretary Jack Straw explaining the policy.

Commons leader Harriet Harman said Mr Straw would write to him.

But she also stressed: "I am sure whatever happens they are not having parties in the judges' corridor."

The Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, central London, is a working court housing both the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1882.
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