The Ministry of Justice announced in November that the convention that former judges cannot return to practice as barristers or solicitors will remain, following the government consultation on this issue last year. That consultation invited suggestions as to how the judiciary in England and Wales might be made more reflective of today's society, while continuing to appoint judges based solely on merit. However, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, has said he was not persuaded that lifting the conventional prohibition would increase diversity of the judiciary. He has said that he will continue working with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, and the Judicial Appointments Commission on the jointly agreed Judicial Diversity Strategy published in May 2006.