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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Employment Agencies (29 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: Since April 2010 we have cut our overall spend on temporary staff by 35.5m. We only use temporary staff to fill business-critical posts and essential frontline services where they can provide a fast, flexible and efficient way to obtain necessary skills that are not currently available in-house. The Ministry of Justice is committed to rationalising its supplier base and we will continue...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Coroners: Cambridgeshire (29 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Ministry of Justice and the Chief Coroner are clear that the amalgamation of coroner areas, usually after Senior Coroner retirements, improves the consistency and standard of services and can deliver savings. The Ministry of Justice is currently carrying out a consultation to assess the impact of the proposed amalgamation of the South and West Cambridgeshire, North and East...

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Service Personnel: Deaths (29 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: Together with my hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces, with responsibility for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, I present the latest of our joint statements in which we report progress with coroner investigations into the deaths of UK service personnel resulting from active service overseas. Once again we take the opportunity to honour our armed forces and to thank every one...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Court of Protection (26 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Ministry of Justice has no plans to review the powers of the Court of Protection. However, the department is currently changing the Court of Protection Rules. This will give the Court more flexibility to help it manage its caseload more efficiently. The department and judiciary have been clear that there needs to be more openness in the Court of Protection, which deals with some of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Sentencing: Bradford (23 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: It has not been possible to answer these questions within the time available. I will write to my honourable friend in due course and a copy of the response will be placed in the Library.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Police Cautions (23 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: Further to my answer to Question 214936 of 25 November 2014, information those offenders cautioned for sexual activity with a child under 13 in England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 by police force area can be viewed in the table below. This data can also be sourced, via the creation of pivot tables, from information which is in the public domain as part of the Criminal Justice Statistics...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prerogative of Mercy (23 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: There are no statutory requirements relating to the publication of pardons granted under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy. However, by convention, the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery places a notice of free pardons granted in England and Wales in the London Gazette. In the past 20 years, only two free pardons were granted by Her Majesty the Queen in England in 2009 and 2014 respectively. I am...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Publications (23 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: 377 books were donated in December 2014 and we are in the process of arranging for them to be sent to a prison library. Books which have been donated previously were sent to HMP Pentonville and HMP East Sutton Park. In accordance with national policy, all of the books are searched before being made available to the library service. The books will be available for any prisoner at the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Legal Representation (23 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer provided to the right honourable member for Tooting, which can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-quest ions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-10-21/ 211297/. I will write to the Honourable Member with the information requested, which is being assembled to answer to this earlier question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Staff (21 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The spend for consultants, temporary staff and contingent labour has been published in the Ministry of Justice annual report and accounts, which can be found at the following links: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministry-of-justi ce-annual-report-and-accounts-2011-12 (page 31 for 2010/2011 & 2011/2012) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministry-of-justi...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Violence (19 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The allocation of judges in Family Court cases involving domestic violence is governed by Part 5 of the Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) Rules 2014, which came into force on 22nd April 2014. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/840/part/5/made The allocation process for applications and proceedings in domestic violence cases (set out in Part 5 of the Rules) is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministers' Private Offices (14 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: All staff employed in Ministerial private offices are employed by the civil service. This includes Special Advisers, who are employed as temporary civil servants. Since November 2012, an independent contractor has also worked alongside the private office to provide advice to the Justice Secretary on his priority reform programmes.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information (7 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The UK Government takes the protection of people’s personal data very seriously. Where there is a legal basis to share information, the handling and sharing of personal data is primarily governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), which establishes a legal framework of rights and obligations which protect personal information. The EU is currently negotiating a new data protection...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Disclosure of Information (7 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The UK Government takes the protection of people’s personal data very seriously. Where there is a legal basis to share information, the handling and sharing of personal data is primarily governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), which establishes a legal framework of rights and obligations which protect personal information. The EU is currently negotiating a new data protection...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Pancreatic Cancer (6 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Government is aware of the concerns raised by representatives of the research community about amendments to the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation that could prevent health research involving personal data from taking place. These concerns centre on amendments to the proposed Regulation which have been agreed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Electronic Government (5 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Information Commissioner has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Justice and other Ministry of Justice Ministers about a range of information rights issues, the details of which are not normally disclosed.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Electronic Government (5 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is the independent statutory regulator and complaints handler for information rights. Complaints raised and dealt with by the ICO in respect of data protection or data sharing concern organisations’ compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The ICO does not hold any central records of concerns raised about government data sharing policies.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Kidnapping: Children (5 January 2015)

Simon Hughes: We take every case of international parental child abduction very seriously and the Government works with other countries to help resolve cases in the best interests of the children involved as quickly as possible. The table below shows the number of applications for return received from parents by the Central Authorities for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland in each of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Children (18 December 2014)

Simon Hughes: The family courts consider the facts of each case with the welfare of the child as paramount. Parental Alienation Syndrome is not recognised as a 'syndrome' by many professionals in this country. The courts do, however, recognise that some resident parents are responsible for alienating their children from non-resident parents and can take this into account when considering their decisions.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: National Archives (18 December 2014)

Simon Hughes: Surviving manorial documents dating back to the 12th century are spread across a number of repositories and private owners, and digitisation would be a matter for the record owners. The National Archives holds a paper index (the Manorial Documents Register) which describes and locates these records and is available for the public to view in its reading rooms. The National Archives and its...

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