On Tuesday 6 January 2004 Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, gave evidence to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Supreme Court proposals.  He appeared to accept the need for the Supreme Court, as a UK body, to be administratively separate from his department, and to take on board other concerns about the Scottish dimension, without necessarily answering them specifically; and, while anticipating that the Court would be located in London, to allow the Court itself to decide whether and when it might sit elsewhere in the UK. 


See http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/conaffcom/conaffcom_reports_and_publications.cfm. 


Subsequently on 14 January 2004 it was reported that a minister at the Department of Constitutional Affairs had announced in the House of Commons that the Supreme Court once established would be free to decide to sit elsewhere than London from time to time, subject to logistical questions”.  Mark Lazarowicz MP