Postal Services Minister, Kevin Hollinrake, the MP for Thirsk and Malton, told the Commons he expected the Government to unveil a solution shortly, after holding talks with Justice Secretary Alex Chalk on Monday. The Government was facing calls to act after an ITV drama returned the miscarriage of justice relating to the Horizon IT system to the spotlight. Mr Hollinrake criticized the “slow pace” of overturning more than 700 subpostmasters’ criminal convictions. He said, “We have devised some options for resolving outstanding criminal convictions with much more pace.” “While the scale of the problem is immense, the Government is unwavering in its resolve to tackle it, to compensate those affected and to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.” Mr Chalk will first speak to senior figures in the judiciary, Mr Hollinrake said, but he expected ministers to announce the proposals shortly. He also said it is “perfectly reasonable” to ask the former Post Office boss to hand back her CBE and suggested that Fujitsu and others should be “held accountable including making any payments” into the compensation fund. Former High Court judge Sir Gary Hickinbottom will chair an independent panel assessing the financial losses of postmasters with overturned convictions. The Post Office is wholly owned by the Government and a public inquiry into Horizon is ongoing. The Metropolitan Police had already been looking into potential offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice in relation to investigations and prosecutions carried out by the Post Office.
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