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The Shrewsbury 24 (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Caton. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Blaydon (Mr Anderson); he knows that I respect hugely his commitment to this issue. I will not repeat myself, but he also knows from the large debate that we had on the Floor of the House in January last year that I am very sympathetic to the cause that was the basis of the dispute. I...

The Shrewsbury 24 (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: I absolutely understand the hon. Gentleman’s drawing that conclusion. To be fair—trying to step back for a second—the fact that nothing has been said can be open to interpretation in either direction, but I completely understand the view that if there were nothing to hide, someone might have said that. Legalistically, however, people might rightly have said that they could...

The Shrewsbury 24 (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: Within my powers as a Minister in the Ministry of Justice I have done all that I can do. I do not have the power to direct other Departments to release documents for which they have the responsibility. The process is: application to the Department, which the researcher of the hon. Member for Blaydon has made, and, if turned down, a Freedom of Information Act appeal to the commissioner and to...

The Shrewsbury 24 (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: We do not hold any of the documents in my Department. The reason that I was responding to the debate is in part because I am the Minister with responsibility for freedom of information. I have ensured that the hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for Blaydon know exactly how to use the powers given to them by the law. I cannot take those powers away from them and I cannot tell Departments which...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Cremation (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: I refer to my answer of 5 March for PQ 225548 which can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-quest ions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-02-26/ 225548/ When I set out that the Department of Health implements its death certification reforms, the Ministry of Justice will also amend its cremation regulations to reflect the changes to cremation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Child Abuse in North Wales Judicial Inquiry Review (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: Lady Justice Macur’s Review is entirely independent of Government and therefore its timetable is a matter for her. She is on record as saying that her Review would be thorough and that she would not draw any conclusions until she had considered all the evidence. I am, however, aware that the Review is nearing its completion and that the Government will receive Lady Justice Macur’s...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: King Richard III (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: I can confirm that the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, will be attending the reinterment ceremony on 26 March. The day marks a momentous occasion in English history, and I am pleased the ceremony will grant the late monarch a dignified and honourable burial.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Internet Service Providers (24 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Safe Harbour negotiations are on-going between the EU and the US. The UK is keen to uphold the Safe Harbour principles and for these negotiations to reach a swift and mutually acceptable conclusion. I am always interested in the views of stakeholder groups on this and other data protection issues.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offences against Children (23 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Government takes very seriously the need to protect children at risk of harm from their parents. The Government is also aware of the concerns regarding the exercise of parental responsibility by a parent who has been convicted of sexual abuse of a child. Under the Children Act 1989, parents and guardians, as well as others who are entitled, can apply to a family court for a section 8...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Internet Service Providers (23 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Safe Harbour negotiations are on-going between the EU and the US. The UK is keen to uphold the Safe Harbour principles and for these negotiations to reach a swift and mutually acceptable conclusion. I am always interested in the views of stakeholder groups on this and other data protection issues.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Data Protection (23 March 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is enforced independently of Government by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and they have provided the data below. The table details the number of data protection concerns reported to the ICO for each of the last five financial years (and for this financial year to date) and finished in that year. It also shows the percentage of those...

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