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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (26 March 2015)

Andrew Selous: Whilst crime is falling, since 2010 offenders are more likely to go to prison and for longer. Sentencing in individual cases is a matter for our independent judiciary, taking account of all the circumstances of each case. The Government has reformed how short custodial sentences are served. Under the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014, all those serving custodial sentences must now be subject...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Thornton: ...is a drip-drip story in the media, which repeatedly portrays them as scroungers, skivers and frauds. On these Benches, we have said clearly that it is wrong, cruel and shameful. It underlies unacceptable levels of hate crime against disabled people and we need to call time on it. The result of this general election will do just that. Turning to how women have fared over the last three...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Crime (25 March 2015)

Lord Faulks: ...of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 S.1,Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985 SS.1(4), 1A(4),2(1)(2),ss5B(3),5C(4), 5D(3)1(2)(3),1A(2)(3),3(10)5B(2)5C(3)5D(2)5C(5),6(2), Policing and Crime Act 2009 S.30, Road Traffic Act 1988 S.5(1)(a)(b),Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12,Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Sch.12 P.5 (2) Includes Sections 12, 13,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Blackpool (25 March 2015)

Mike Penning: The Home Office does not collect police workforce statistics for Blackpool Constabulary. The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the police workforce at police force area level but not more locally. The table provided contains statistics on the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Lancashire Constabulary as at 31 March 2010 and the 31 March 2014. The...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Evasion (25 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...Investigation Directorate is responsible for criminal investigations into suspected tax evasion. They do not split their reporting data by geographical region but record and report all data as a national statistic. Their methodology for recording data relating to numbers of criminal investigations for the year 2010-11 differs from that used for 2011-12 and onwards. In 2010-11 the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Merseyside Police (24 March 2015)

Mike Penning: ...) employed by Merseyside Police as at 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2014. Over this period, full-time police officers have fallen by 595 police officers or 14%. Over the same period, police recorded crime (excluding fraud) has fallen by 13%in Merseyside police force area. Number of full-time police officers (headcount1) employed by Merseyside Police as at 31 March 2010 to 31 March...

Written Answers — Home Office: Religiously Aggravated Offences: Lancashire (24 March 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: All forms of hate crime are deplorable and it’s important that victims are protected and have the confidence to come forward. The Government is driving forward work to tackle hostility and hate crime. We have toughened up sentencing and are working closely with the police and other agencies to increase reporting, improve support and prevent these terrible crimes happening in the first...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crime: Rural Areas (24 March 2015)

Mike Penning: Tackling rural crime is clearly important but it is not for the Home Office to set targets for local policing. We have introduced Police and Crime Commissioners to ensure democratic accountability for local crime and policing matters. They are best placed to set priorities for tackling crime in their local area, including addressing the needs of rural communities. Local policing priorities...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Rates (23 March 2015)

Steve Reed: There is a glaring difference between the Government’s complacency and the City of London police commissioner’s view that online crime is growing exponentially. Does the Minister agree with the Office for National Statistics that if all bank and credit card fraud were included, the statistics would show that overall crime was up by 50%?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime (Northamptonshire) (23 March 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: Police reform is working and crime is down by more than one fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. According to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics, police recorded crime in Northamptonshire fell by 18% between June 2010 and September 2014.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Fines: Surcharges (23 March 2015)

Mike Penning: ...order made by the court when it sentences an offender. Revenue from the surcharge is ring fenced for victim services and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) distributes this through grants to Police and Crime Commissioners and centrally managed national victim services. The Government set out its commitment to ensure offenders contribute more to the cost of victim support services and from...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 March 2015)

Jim Fitzpatrick: ...five years. Such training is critical to train and educate people with English language challenges so that they can compete in the jobs market. On policing, there seems to be something of a conundrum. Although crime figures are down, my office has supplied me with Library statistics that show that there were 825 police officers in Tower Hamlets in 2010 and 627 this year, which is almost...

Amendment of the Law (19 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Debbie Abrahams: ...but evidence from eminent academics has shown the effects of benefit sanctions on JSA claimants. One in five JSA claimants will be sanctioned, and 43% of them will leave JSA, 80% without getting a job. What is being reported in official statistics is not reflected in what is really going on. We have had the biggest rise in self-employment in 40 years—an increase of 15%. For many,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Research (19 March 2015)

Karen Bradley: Office for National Statistics (ONS) publish annual outturn figures for R&D expenditure here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/rdit1/science--engineering-and -technology-statistics/2012/stb-set-2012.html#tab-Key-Points The most recent publication, which includes expenditure figures to 2012 (financial year 2012/13) was published on 11 July 2014. The table below shows the latest estimates...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 March 2015)

Jack Dromey: ...terrorism—neighbourhood policing, described by Peter Clarke, the former head of the counter-terrorism command, as the “golden thread” that runs through the police effort in combating it. The number of rapes is up by 31% and violent crime by 16%. As more cases of child sex exploitation and abuse come to light, so, too, are the pressures growing on police time and...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 March 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: ...noble Lords’ notice that today is the day of the Budget. Noble Lords who have a speech will doubtless be pleased to know that there will be no jokes about two kitchens and that the financial statistics that I quote will be unambiguous, clear of criticism and contradiction and absolutely pellucidly in the forefront of what we may accept. I thank the usual channels for making time for...

Written Answers — Home Office: Stalking (18 March 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: ...offences were included within harassment). The police recorded 1,682 stalking offences in the six month period April to September 2014. They are published in the quarterly Office for National Statistics publication of ‘Crime in England and Wales’. The most recent data are available in Table A4 in this link: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/y...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bail (18 March 2015)

Mike Penning: ...and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice. Ref: PQ 208543 The table below shows the number of offenders given post-conviction bail at the Crown Court who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Clause 1 — Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (17 March 2015)

Diana R. Johnson: ...I want to put on the record. It is important to stress again that the Labour party has always supported the introduction of this important Bill. We recognise that human trafficking is a heinous crime and that its complex nature demands specialist legislation, but it has been a little difficult at times fully to understand the Government’s approach. When the original Bill was first...

Written Answers — Home Office: Homophobia (17 March 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: All forms of hate crime are deplorable and it’s important that victims are protected and have the confidence to come forward. The Government is driving forward work to tackle hostility and hate crime. We have toughened up sentencing and are working closely with the police and other agencies to increase reporting, improve support and prevent these terrible crimes happening in the...

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