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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Violence (21 November 2014)

Michael Penning: This government is committed to tackling domestic violence and abuse and to delivering a better response for the victims of these appalling crimes. We have ring-fenced 40 million for victims’ services; piloted and rolled out Clare’s Law and domestic violence protection orders; extended the definition of domestic abuse to cover controlling behaviour and teenage...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014)

Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe: ...’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said, for young people to be at ease in the virtual environment does not mean they are immune from its ill effects. I have been horrified by the statistics and data that I have seen about those ill effects, many of which have been mentioned in this debate. I have talked to parents of young children and heard how anxious they are. I...

Business of the House (20 November 2014)

Julie Hilling: An increasing number of constituents are contacting me with concerns about how they have been treated after becoming victims of internet crime. With internet fraud taking over as the crime of choice, fraud not appearing as a crime statistic, and a lack of information about prosecutions and the effectiveness of Action Fraud, may we have a debate on internet fraud and the performance of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crime: Statistics (20 November 2014)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to revise the publication of criminal statistics under the broad classifications of “White, Black, Asian, Mixed, other” and instead use the full 18-point classifications as used in the National Census.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Human Trafficking (20 November 2014)

Lord Bates: ...(NRM) referrals. However CID does not record, in a searchable format, the type of exploitation for each case. As the official owners of NRM data the UK Human Trafficking Centre in the National Crime Agency (NCA) publishes quarterly NRM statistics which include a summary of confirmed victims of trafficking by nationality, age, gender and type of exploitation. This data is available on the...

Opposition Day: [Unallotted Half-Day] — EU Justice and Home Affairs Measures (19 November 2014)

Yvette Cooper: ...president of the Supreme Court, have argued that Britain also risks becoming a safe haven for fugitives from justice, a handful of them British citizens but the vast majority foreign nationals wanted for crimes elsewhere in Europe. They are right. For example, Zakaria Chadili from France was alleged to have travelled to Syria in late 2013 and undergone a month of training with a proscribed...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crime: Statistics (19 November 2014)

Lord Blencathra: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to issue guidance to police forces in England and Wales to the effect that, when publishing statistics or issuing any statement referring to persons being from “the Asian Community”, use should instead be made of the official 18-point classifications from the National Census.

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (17 November 2014)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...others welcoming this Bill on modern slavery, and I commend the Home Secretary and the Government for bringing it forward. It is a hugely positive and important step in trying to combat this horrendous crime. I also pay tribute to the many campaigners and organisations that work and campaign so tirelessly in this area. Modern slavery is indeed a most heinous practice, inflicting immense...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (17 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Doocey: ...result of slavery or trafficking. This is an unnecessary burden and goes against our human rights obligations, because we are required to ensure that trafficked children are protected and not treated as criminals when the crimes they commit are integral to, or consequent on, their trafficking or exploitation. In conclusion, the National Crime Agency estimates that more than 600 children...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Robbery (17 November 2014)

Michael Penning: Grave robbing is an appalling offence, though instances are fortunately rare. The theft of items from graves is a heartless and callous crime which can have a devastating impact on bereaved relatives and friends. If the offenders responsible are detected they can expect to feel the full force of the law. The Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants...

Written Answers — Home Office: Poaching (17 November 2014)

Lynne Featherstone: The Home Office does not hold this information centrally. The Home Office is responsible for police recorded crime statistics, consisting of indictable and triable-either-way offences and does not include summary offences, such as poaching.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Crime: Birmingham (17 November 2014)

Rob Wilson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply. ONS Letter to Member - Crime Rates (PDF Document, 104.59 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (7 November 2014)

Shailesh Vara: Overall crime and proven offending by young people has fallen in recent years. Fewer young people have entered the criminal justice system, and as a result fewer young people have ended up in custody. The average number of young people in custody fell from 2,418 in 2009/10 to 1,233 in 2013/14, a decrease of 49%. There are some occasions when it is necessary to remove young people from...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Female Genital Mutilation (7 November 2014)

Lord Bates: The Minister for Crime Prevention is chairing a cross government FGM roundtable meeting on 10 November, to which the National Policing Lead on Female Genital Mutilation, the Director of Public Prosecutions and other key stakeholders are invited. The meeting will take stock of progress in implementing the extensive package of announcements to tackle FGM made at the Girl Summit hosted by the...

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ...they need to give them the financial independence which they have so often lacked in the past. As we know, women can be more vulnerable and disproportionately affected by homelessness related to domestic violence. Statistics show that more than half of people who receive homelessness assistance are women. The homelessness legislation in England provides one of the strongest safety nets in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Police Cautions (6 November 2014)

Michael Penning: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. Crime is falling and offenders are going to prison for longer. This Government has taken action to end cautions culture, and to make sure serious offenders do not receive penalties seen as soft options. We are changing the law to ban ‘simple’ cautions for all of the indictable only offences - the most serious...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Clause 1 — Enabling provision to enable the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to tackle modern day slavery (4 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Fiona Mactaggart: ...prostitution. Most of them started as children, and they have often been groomed into prostitution by exploitative gangs, by pimps or by people who are trying to up the profits of their drug dealing. The statistics are intensely disputed. Frankly, I believe that, on this issue, what people get out of their research is what they believed when they went into it. However, there are a number...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Clause 3 — Offence of child exploitation (4 November 2014)

Paul Blomfield: ...are deceived about work conditions or conditions deteriorate over time. The Bill’s definition, which is narrowly focused on the movement of victims, adds nothing but confusion and will let traffickers off the hook for the crimes they commit, as my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) pointed out. Let me turn briefly to the purpose of new clause 21. In...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children (31 October 2014)

Norman Baker: The police recorded crime data that the Home Office receives from the police forces of England and Wales relate only to how many crimes are recorded and not how many reports are received. It is only possible to centrally provide figures for certain sexual offences that identify the age of the victim in statute, namely:  Rape of a female child under 16  Rape of a female child...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — UK Drugs Policy (30 October 2014)

Stephen Phillips: .... As the hon. Member for Newport West said, what is the point of this war on drugs? If it is to prevent people from taking substances that may harm them, plainly it is not working. According to the most recent crime survey for England and Wales, 2.7% of adults had taken class A drugs in 1996 compared with 2.6% now—statistically not significant. My hon. Friend the Member for Totnes...

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