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The Shrewsbury 24 (24 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Grooming (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: We have taken action to enable the police to intervene earlier to protect children where there is a suspicion that grooming has taken place. As a result of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, which amended section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, we have reduced from two to one the number of initial occasions on which the defendant meets or communicates with a child considered at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Grooming (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: I am very clear that the point the hon. Gentleman raises is centrally important. I am aware of the report that has come out today, but I have not read it in full. The failing in the past has been that the young people have not been listened to and heard and, when they have spoken out, people have not believed them. Public authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service and the rest of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Grooming (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his continuing interest in this issue. As well as the working group he mentioned, which found that there were gaps in the availability of services and commissioning, the Government have strengthened the non-statutory services and put more money in to make sure they are able more competently to deal with this. The figure I have is 7...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Grooming (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: There are two points. First, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and all Ministers are very clear that when vulnerable individuals go into the criminal justice system we must identify whether in fact the issue that needs to be addressed is a mental health issue or is a drugs issue or something else. So we try to prevent people from going through the criminal justice system because it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Grooming (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: The hon. Gentleman is right to raise that issue. NSPCC research has shown that six in 10 teenagers have been asked for sexual images or videos online. That is an extraordinary figure, and many of them feel compelled to provide those images as a result of peer group pressure. We are absolutely convinced across the Government, including in the Department for Education, that personal, social,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Services (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: The coalition is committed to transforming rehabilitation in order to reduce reoffending and, consequently, to reduce the number of people who are victims of crime. Since 1 February under the new system, providers from the public, voluntary and private sectors have been providing the new transforming rehabilitation services. The crucial thing is that all those people who are currently...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Services (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: I am grateful to you for your concern, Mr Speaker. The Secretary of State offered me the chance to opt out, but I volunteered to come here and do my duty, so I hope I am forgiven. I might have to curl up and hide in the corner in a minute, however. I would say to the hon. Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) that in the year ending last March, 57% of all adult offenders released from custody...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Services (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: I do not have all the details, but I will ensure that the right hon. Gentleman has a detailed answer, which I will put in the Library. Yesterday, when I was visiting a women’s prison in Yorkshire, I was looking at how we might improve the way in which we detect drugs. It is difficult because they are often hidden in very private places. We are absolutely determined to stop drugs coming...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Services (17 Mar 2015)

Simon Hughes: Within the Department, I have particular responsibility for all female offenders. I have visited every single female prison and I am clear that the schemes that rehabilitate people through engaging with them and planning for training, work and housing are absolutely central. We are committed to using such schemes. May I also take this opportunity to say that there are some phenomenally...


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